Give today – and keep our fisheries and habitat healthy for tomorrow.
The AFFTA Fisheries Fund was established in late 2014 with the main objective of funding organizations and projects focused on fisheries conservation and education. From grassroots projects to national-level initiatives, the Fund supports the important work that’s happening to preserve and protect our vital resources and attract more people to fly fishing. The Fisheries Fund is initially seeded with revenue from IFTD, but relies on tax-deductible donations from generous AFFTA members and the general public like you.
The Fisheries Fund is a unique opportunity for AFFTA, and everyone whose vocation or avocation is tied to fly fishing, to give back. To protect what we hold most dear. The Fisheries Fund is a long-time goal of AFFTA, we are ecstatic to see it realized. — Jim Klug, former AFFTA Board Chairman and Fisheries Fund committee chair.
To date, the Fisheries Fund has supported the following organizations and projects:
- The Freshwater Trust’s efforts to restore steelhead & salmon habitat in the Big Sandy River Basin, Oregon
- Trout Unlimited’s 5 Rivers Program that grows new university and college aged anglers
- Utah Stream Access Coalition’s fight for public access to Utah fisheries
- Montana Trout Unlimited’s advocacy work regarding a proposed mine near the iconic Smith River fishery
- Henry’s Fork Foundation‘s efforts to conserve, protect, and restore the unique fisheries of the Henry’s Fork and its watershed.
- Alaska Conservation Foundation’s work to permanently end threats of drilling and mineral extraction in the famed Bristol Bay, Alaska.
- Public Land / Water Access Association, Inc’s work in protecting access to Montana’s land and water.
- Snake River Waterkeeper’s fight to protect, restore, and sustain waters of the Snake River Basin.
- Friends of Fletcher’s Cove’s efforts to protect historic access to the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
- Keepemwet’s mission to proper handling and release of fish.
- St. Bernard Parish black mangrove project to fight coastal erosion in the gulf
- Deschutes River Alliance’s work to restore cooler, cleaner water to the lower Deschutes River.
- South Florida National Parks Trust’s work to support the area’s national parks.
- American Rivers’ efforts to eradicate invasive Russian Olive trees from the banks of the Upper Yellowstone River and replace them with native riparian vegetation.
- Stripers Forever’s efforts to conserve wild striped bass through its Release a Breeder Club program, which promotes the release of large “breeding size” stripers which are mostly female fish.
- Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s research in tracking migrating permit to determine the effectiveness and potential connection of the Special Permit Zone to the Florida Keys fishery.
- Guiding 4 the Future’s initiative to develop a dedicated stewardship of aquatic ecosystems while increasing knowledge, professionalism, and ethics in fishing guides and the fly fishing industry.
- Wild Salmon Center’s efforts to recolonize spring-run chinook post-dam removal in the Upper Klamath Basin.
Want to apply for a grant?
Are you an organization that focuses on fisheries and habitat conservation and education efforts? To apply for a grant with the Fisheries Fund, please click here and submit the application form. You also MUST submit the budget form, save it to your computer and upload it to the application in Section IV.
AFFTA Budget Form Template (MS Excel zipped)
The AFFTA Fisheries Fund is a U.S.-registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S.