Conservation is a topic that means a lot to us here at Central America Fishing. From sustainable hotels to conservation minded captains, we make a conscious effort to only work with other businesses that share our view on sustainable tourism and responsible sport fishing. The conservation of our game fish is of the utmost importance, both to the health of the oceans world wide as well as the long term prosperity of the sport fishing industry in Central America.
Our belief in conservation has a lot to do with why we love fishing in Central America. Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala all have strict catch and release laws on all billfish. They also all have laws mandating the use of non off-set circle hooks, which are proven to increase the survival rate of released billfish over J hooks. Legislation and signing bills into laws is one thing, but enforcing and following those laws is the important part. Unlike stories we hear from anglers who visit Mexico, we are proud to say that you won’t find a captain or a boat of ours that is willing to kill a billfish. The punishment is too strict (captains can lose their license AND boat) and thankfully they realize the long term benefits of releasing billfish for the good of future clients. For more information on circle hooks and the role they play in the successful release and survival of billfish, you can read more here.
Like Costa Rica, Belize dedicates a huge percentage of both its land and sea territory to national parks and nature reserves – over 26%! In 2008 Belize became the first country in the world to put into law the catch and release of bonefish, permit, and tarpon. These game fish constitute the prized Inshore Grand Slam, which is every fly angler’s dream and ultimate achievement. That ban not only protects three of the most popular inshore species but also insures the health and natural balance of the world’s second longest coral reef.
Below is a list of the conservation and non-profit organizations that we at Central America Fishing are proud to partner with: