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Trouts Journal

Hatch Limited Edition: Turneffe Atoll Trust Reel

Ivan Orsic / Feb 11, 2015

Trouts: Let’s start from the top- For those unfamiliar, tell us a little about Turneffe Atoll, where it is, and why it’s so special to you/Hatch?

JT: Turneffe Atoll is a small group of islands about 25 miles off the coast of Belize. It’s a well-known saltwater fly fishing destination for bonefish, permit and tarpon. It’s special to me in many ways but it was my first trip to Turneffe Flats Resort that made the biggest impact on my angling career, and it’s where my love affair with saltwater fly fishing began.

Trouts: Why choose Turneffe over all the other areas in the world that need protection?

JT: The place feels like a second home to Danny and I so it was an easy decision. We’ve both spent quite a bit of time in Belize and have had the opportunity to see what’s happening to the fishery. There have been some significant changes in the past handful of years with regards to protecting specific breeding areas and implementing catch and release regulations and so forth, but much more needs to be done. Like anywhere – that takes money. So, we asked Craig Hayes at TAT how we could help.

Trouts: What is the main initiative of the Turneffe Atoll Trust and why should people be concerned about protecting this area?

JT: The mission of Turneffe Atoll Trust is to drive conservation and other efforts leading to a healthy ecosystem at Turneffe Atoll supporting sustainable social and economic benefits for Belize and serving as a model for similar coastal marine environments throughout the world. I’m only guessing but I’d say Belize is the probably the most traveled to saltwater fly fishing destination around – and for good reason. It’s a terrific fishery and it’s important that we keep it that way so that future generations can enjoy it as well.

Trouts: You’re only making 100 of these reels and $250 from every sale gets donated the Turneffe Atoll Trust. A little quick math shows $25,000 donated to this cause. That’s quite a number. Is there a dollar amount ‘goal’ currently being sought? What are some of the ways this money will get used?

JT: $250 is the minimum per reel. Meaning, reels sold through the Trust, at auction, and so forth will generate more income. It is a significant amount of money, but that’s what it takes to make a real impact. There are several ways the money will be spent but primarily it will be used for Fisheries Enforcement.

Trouts: What are some other ways people can get involved if they want to contribute to the Turneffe Atoll Trust?

JT: They can visit http://www.turneffeatoll.org/home30/home-page to learn all about the Turneffe Atoll Trust – make donations, become a corporate sponsor and read the PDF of the Management Plan. While you’re their, check out the new http://www.turneffeatollmarinereserve.org web site as well. Thanks Trout’s for the support and allowing us this forum to share with your customers. Cheers!

There you have it folks! Trouts is proud to have gotten it's hands on 5 of these reels and it's a safe bet, they won't last long. Get yours HERE today. Interested in heading to Belize after reading this? Trouts is heading there in May and we still need a few people to join us! To read more about this exciting Hosted Trip click HERE.

Thanks again to John Torok and Hatch Outdoors for your hard work to support such a great cause, and also for sharing a little of your time with us. Never checked out Hatch reels before? Swing by the shop and have a look yourself. Whether you're headed to the high country for Brook trout, or Belize for Tarpon, Hatch makes the reels to get the job done and we've got them all in stock!

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