THE ANGLING REPORT
July 2008 Vol. 21, No. 7
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IN THIS ISSUE: DATELINE: Mongolia
Emerald Water Anglers and National Geographic Host Mongolia Taimen Study Trip
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Over in Mongolia, Emerald Water Anglers is offering a fascinating trip in conjunction with the National Geographic Society and the MegaFishes Project. This project is a joint effort between the National Geographic Society and World Wildlife Fund. It is a comprehensive scientific study of the largest freshwater fish on the planet.
Ecologist Zeb Hogan launched MegaFishes in 2007 to document the 20-plus freshwater species that reach lengths of 6.5 feet or weights of 220 pounds. He and the conservation organizations involved hope to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater conservation and provide assessments of all the species of giant freshwater fish. That includes gathering information about their life history, population status, geographic range and threats associated with each species.
So, where do anglers come in? Emerald Water Anglers has teamed up with National Geographic to offer some special fly fishing opportunities with MegaFishes’ lead scientist. Anglers will accompany Hogan on his expeditions and in addition to fishing the remote places Hogan investigates, anglers can assist with the studies.
They can dive with Hogan to conduct fish counts, for example; or hold a big taimen while Hogan collects scale samples and other data. The Mongolia trip includes a visit to the Taimen Conservation Fund office and to the Gobi Desert, where anglersanglers will stay at the Three Camel Lodge, touted as Mongolia’s best eco-lodge. This leg of the trip gives anglers the opportunity to meet the local people and learn about their way of life. There are also interesting side trips to archeological dig sites.
At this writing, there were several slots left for this trip, which is slated to take place September 5 to 18. The cost is $9,495 per angler and includes all accommodations, fishing permits and guiding, meals and beverages, airport transfers and other in-country transportation. The maximum is eight anglers. In addition to Mongolia, Emerald Water Anglers will participate in MegaFishes trips to India/Bhutan for mahseer and Egypt/Uganda for Nile perch.
To learn more or to book one of these trips, contact Emerald Water Anglers at 206-545-2197; or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.