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Spinning & Fly Kayak Fishing Tournament

Alexandra Galindo, USFWS Fish Biologist & Jessica Castro Prieto, NWRA Caribbean Conservation Coordinator presenting the Cambalache dam removal project in the Río Grande de Arecibo. Photo by Vilmarie Román

On June 8, 2019, a Spinning & Fly Kayak Fishing Tournament was held in the Caño Tiburones Natural Reserve at the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The activity was organized by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER) in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), with the support of the Emergency Management Office and the Municipality of Arecibo. A total of 31 fishermen participated, including 2 children and 2 women, in the modalities of spinning and fly. In each modality, prizes were awarded to the first, second and third place, as well as in the categories of lady, youth, and minors.

Common Snook (Róbalo in Spanish), caught and released by Jafet Guzmán. Photo by Jafet Guzmán

Before the award, the USFWS presented the U.S. Caribbean Fish and Aquatic Conservation Initiative, and highlighted the first stream connectivity project in Puerto Rico via the removal of the Cambalache dam that was located in the  Río Grande de Arecibo at the municipality of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The NWRA was a key collaborator for the development of the Environmental Assessment required for this project. The removal of the low-head dam connected and restored 25 kilometers of riverine habitat to a more natural state, as well as provided fish and other aquatic species with a healthier, free-flowing stream, and boost recreational opportunities. Removal of the dam is expected to benefit migratory fish and crustaceans, including the Sirajo goby and the American eel that are considered Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the U.S. Caribbean.

The winners of the Spinning & Fly Kayak Tournament. Photo by Vilmarie Román

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2019/06/spinning-fly-kayak-fishing-tournament/

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