Sportsfishing foundation sets up new fund

The Billfish Foundation has set up a fund to promote conservation work in Central America and primarily in Costa Rica, the organization said Tuesday.

This is the sportsfishing organization that runs the Presidential Challenge Conservation Series tournaments.

“We will continue our work through The Billfish Foundation to protect the sport fishing industry throughout Central America, said Joan Vernon, the director of the Billfish Foundation. “Contributions to this fund are tax deductible and will only be used for conservation work in Central America.”

She said that the organization faces tough economic times, especially in Central America.  In order to help promote sportsfishing in Guanacaste, the Presidential Papagayo Cup tournament will remain on the schedule but with some changes to promote participation, she said.

Costa Rica “continues to be hard-hit by a combination of commercial overfishing and political pressure on misguided quasi-conservation measures by some ‘green’ groups so we need to make sure anglers are well-represented at the highest levels,” she said of the fund.

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