Posted on August 19 2014
Student Work/Fly Fish Program
In October of 1998 Hurricane Mitchell devastated the island of Guanaja, Honduras. Over the course of 4 days the hurricane stalled out right on top of the small island. During this time, the ecosystem was damaged badly. The mangrove forests took the hardest impact. A large portion of the islands once flourishing mangrove forests did not survive the storm. The ecosystem has not been able to properly recover on its own. Today Fly Fish Guanaja pushes forward with efforts to help rehab the islands mangrove population back to its former glory. Through the efforts of the Student work program, young men and women from all over come together to propagate, plant, and restore the Mangrove forests. Over the course of a week, each team of students spends time not only working with the mangroves, but also hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, repelling the fresh water waterfall, snorkeling, spearfishing the invasive lion fish, and of course, fly fishing for many different species of coveted game fish such as Tarpon, Permit, Snook, & Bonefish.
This sport can lead to so much more than most give it credit for.
original content Shannon Vandivier