Cyber Journal 24, May 7, 2016
After the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US in 2015, the US government has eased its policies related to traveling in Cuba. Now, Orvis (one of the world’s largest fly fishing tour operators) plans to organize guided fishing tours to various parts of Cuba, especially, the 300,000-hectare Ciénaga de Zapata National Park.
Bay of Pigs and the nearby 300,000 acres of Zapata National Park offer natural beauty, no pollution, no development, and lots of fish!
How will the Cuban government manage this interest? Guides suggest that they let just eight people fish in area’s water at one time. It would boost the local economy and give a reason to people for safeguarding the environment
Cuban fishing guide-Felipe Rodriguez Alonso-recently interacted with American journalists and shared his opinion about expected number of fishermen coming to Cuba from the US. He stressed on the point that they do not want hundreds of people fishing in the same spot, they just want a few people. This will help in conserving the environment.
Orvis makes $340 M in sales each year and donates five percent of its pre-tax profits towards environmental conservation. Some part of the money will also go towards preserving Cuba’s environment. As far as Cuba is concerned, Orvis plans to let its tourists practice ‘catch and release fishing’ so Cuba’s untapped resource will endure for years to come.
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