Florida Keys – Protecting Paradise
Most anglers around the world will know what an incredible fishing paradise the Florida Keys are and this fantastic film tells the story of conservation and sustainability there over the past 100 years. This unique ecosystem exists where the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meets and is home to a vast array of fish and wildlife species. We'll learn how the freshwater from the Everglades, one of the world's largest wetlands, directly impacts the reef systems of the Keys, which is home to over 6000 species of fish. We meet some of the dedicated conservationists who continue to inspire residents and visitors to join the movement of voluntourism and learn about some of the programs that have been developed to protect the Keys. From coral replanting to the creation of artificial reefs by scuttling ships, there are numerous active schemes that are helping to keep the environment healthy. We learn about the history of sportfishing in the Keys and Capt Will Benson explains how angling methods and attitudes have changed in recent years, especially with a much higher emphasis on catch and release. There's also some great fishing sequences as we head out with local guide, Richard Stanzcyk who manages to get a double Sailfish hook up! This is a wonderful film which shows off the Florida Keys in all its glory and highlights what an important environment it is to protect.