Date:Wednesday, December 5th
Time:Open - 6:45 PM
Meeting - 7:00 PM
Place:Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr., Aptos

Cuba: The Sustainable Paradise
Guest Speaker: Filippo Invernizzi, Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers

More than twenty years ago, Avalon pioneered the amazing fly-fishing opportunities in Cuba using a unique business model that relied upon a combination of private and public resources. It gained exclusive access to the extensive marine preserves that surround the main island and adjoining archipelagos, where it offers fly-only, catch-and-release sport fishing to an international clientele. It has since added other forms of specialized tourism (e.g., diving and adventure travel) to its offerings, but the hidden story has been its central role in developing, in cooperation with the Cuban government, a model for the conservation and cultivation of marine species of all kinds. It engages in fish-tagging and fin-clipping studies, coral and mangrove recovery, the protection of endangered species, and the enforcement of the laws governing Cuban Marine Parks. It has become a major force in making Cuban waters the nursery for the Caribbean at large and a prized destination for fly fishers in pursuit of bonefish, tarpon, permit, and other sport fish. In the process, it has also proven that the intelligent organization and wise application of modern fly-fishing principles can result in the long-term sustainability and positive improvement of critical natural resources.
Join us to hear Filippo describe his organizations's role in fishing and conservation activities in a location that, while exotic, is far more accessible than Americans tend to assume.