Help Save the Tarpon
A while ago I published a small write up (reblog) of Bad Things at Boca Grand, about the destructive practices of the Professional Tarpon Tournament. Back then there wasn’t much you or I could do to help except maybe express outrage on our respective forums (blog, tumblr, facebook, twitter, etc.). Now there’s an organization looking to help us help.
Save the Tarpon opposes, and is calling for the immediate termination of, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) in Boca Grande, Florida.
Our opposition stems from the destructive, unethical fishing practices and unsportsmanlike conduct promoted by this for-profit fishing tournament and television show. The disruptive fishing methods endorsed by the PTTS and employed by it’s participants are causing the tarpon to change their movement, feeding, and spawning behaviors. Behaviors which had, until now, been unchanged for thousands of years. The change in these patterns has already deteriorated the quality of the fishery.
Good folks like Mill, Pallot, Ault, McGuane and Kreh are just a few of the saltwater fly fishing notables who have added their names to the petition. Add your voice here.