During the last 20 years, the Bahamas have come incredibly far not only with their conservation efforts but also in terms of reliability and guiding. “The Ministry of Tourism has worked with the Bahamas Sportfishing & Conservation Association to develop a training and certification program to ensure that guides across the Bahamas deliver a standardized quality of service,” said Ben Pratt, senior manager at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. He adds that the ministry’s latest innovation, the Bahamas Fly Fishing Industry Association (BFFIA), has been created to promote unity, advocacy, education and marketing initiatives on behalf of stakeholders through a membership of guides, lodges, organizations and private individuals.
Organizations such as BFFIA are critical in keeping the quality of service as it is today, top-notch. However, contiuing the cycle depends on the next generation. In a meeting with the BSCA, ideas to set up large-scale youth camps and fly-fishing libraries were discussed. In the libraries, kids not only would be able to check out books on fly-fishing but also would be able to borrow fly-fishing gear in order to get hands-on field experience. Perhaps the most exciting news that came out of the meeting was that the BSCA is pushing very hard for courses in fly-fishing to be introduced into the school system, which would be a huge step toward a solution to the issue. Find out more at bahamasconservation.org.