90 Miles is the physical distance between the Florida Keys and Cuba. It is what connects us and what separates us. This film is the first documentary that WorldANGLING has ever produced in a foreign location and what an incredibly cool place to start. Flats fishing for tarpon bonefish and permit is big business in the Florida Keys. Annually, these three species generate roughly 475 million in revenue in Monroe county Fl. This fact has been noticed by the Cuban government as they consider their own fishery and the nascent eco tourism industry that is taking shape there. Will Benson travelled to Cuba as part of a scientific outreach mission with Bonefish Tarpon Trust in November 2013 to investigate the fishery, the culture, the philosophy of conservation and the attitudes of fishermen on the other side of the Gulf Stream. What we learned during this mission was that we are connected to Cuba in many ways, and there is much to learn and share between our cultures. One possibility, is that the Florida Keys bonefish are in fact cuban born and that our fishery in the Keys is heavily dependent on the breeding stock from Cuba. 90 Miles is a story about the natural connections all around us and possibility of working together to protect and shepherd our fisheries.
We need your support to bring this production to the silver screen. We are hoping to put this film on the fly fishing film tour next year and need to do a lot of heavy editing and post production to make this story come to life. This is a highly relevant documentary that is perfectly timed as both the governments in Cuba and here in the Florida Keys wrestle with management decisions. What is needed is better and more communication between the countries on every level. This story begins with science and says something about people. This story needs to be told and we need your help.
Risks and challenges
WorldANGLING is uniquely qualified to tell this story as we are literally right next door to Cuba. We understand the fishery and the difficult diplomacy that has dominated the conversation about Cuba for decades. We want to look at the natural world connections and see if there can be joint cooperation to the betterment of both countries. The risk is that like so many other attempts to discuss Cuba, the result is still the same and we loose the opportunity to help preserve a biologically intact ecosystem that is kin to our own.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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