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Wayne Meland

Wayne Meland

I have always loved fishing. From my first sunfish in Hood's Pond in Medina, New York, to my last trip deep into the Everglades south of Chokoloskee, as the Billy Currington song goes, "A bad day of fishin' beats a good day of anything else".

Since moving to Southwest Florida almost 30 years ago, I have lived in a fisherman's paradise, with virtually unlimited access to incredible fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities, but over the last 15 years or so, water quality issues, explosive development, questionable fisheries management, and habitat destruction in general, have hurt the quality of fishing. Being a conservation-minded angler, I started looking for organizations that were truly doing something to battle or even reverse this alarming trend, which led me to the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

At that point in my life, I had only caught a handful of tarpon and had never even caught a bonefish or permit, but Bonefish & Tarpon Trust was using science based approaches to address many of the issues responsible for the decline in fishing conditions, which is not the case with many other organizations. Bonefish, tarpon and permit are the "focus fish" of BTT, but much of the work they do benefits all species of fish and other marine life that share the same habitat.

I have, and will continue to make annual gifts to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, but I wanted to help the organization carry on their good work after my time on the water had past, so I recently designated BTT as a beneficiary for a portion of my IRA account.

Future generations of my family and yours deserve the same incredible days on the water as we have been fortunate enough to experience. Next time you update your estate plan or beneficiary information, please consider making BTT part of your legacy. Enjoy Every Day!


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