Nassau, The Bahamas –
The Silver Fox Fishing Tournament has contributed $11,700.00 to The Bahamas National Trust, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park’s (ECLSP) operating efforts.
Held in honor of the late Collin Callender, over eighty anglers gathered with Jason Callender and his family to honor his father Colin’s ’s memory and support The Bahamas National Trust. This was done through an exciting live raffle with incredible prizes ranging from a weekend stay at Kamalame Cay, a round of golf on Albany’s championship course, a Tudor Watches timepiece, to elite fishing equipment by Alutecnos, Penn, and Shimano.
Of the boats entered, Galatea won with a Sailfish Release followed by Rook with points in Mahi Mahi, and Kiss my Quads closely behind with points in Mahi Mahi. Camaraderie amongst the anglers grew at the weigh-in station as there was much talk on the dock of the ones that got away.
“Colin Callender was a longtime active member of our Wildlife Committee and special conservation advocate for the BNT. We are excited and grateful to be a recipient of funds raised by the tournament honoring his commitment to conservation in The Bahamas.” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director.
Carey added that the marine protected areas are nurseries and sanctuaries for an abundant array of marine organisms that help the sport. The donation made by the Silver Fox Tournament will assist us greatly in our marine conservation efforts.
Captain Joseph Irna, Park Administrator for the ECLSP was also ecstatic for the National Park to be the recipient of the proceeds raised. He says; whether we call them National Parks, Reserves or Marine Protected Areas, a big question in the ocean conservation world is: How to pay for all these greatly needed MPA’s? Donations such as this are much needed and help support our other diverse fundraising efforts for this important national park.
The BNT and Tournament organizers for the Silver Fox Tournament want to thank the sponsors for their generosity towards conservation – Albany, Callender’s Realty, Crook, Crook Marine, Harbourside Marine, John Bull, John Watlings, KPMG, Lightbourne Marine, Longbow Marine, RBC, and Sun Bum.
Jason Callender and Silver Fox Fishing Tournament Committee Presenting Cheque to Bahamas National Trust.
The late Collin Callender.
First Place, Galatea.
Second Place, Rook.
Third Place, Kiss My Quads.