"Native fish are often indicator species whose health tells us much about the waters they live in. In this film we will look at the survival challenges these fish have or have had and the successes we're having in managing them, examining working solutions. Factors adversely affecting native fish around the world are often the same, such as over fishing, invasive species, habitat loss, etc., but because humans differ culturally, politically and economically, the approach to mitigating these factors and improving the health of these native fish and their habitat can also differ.
Chasing Natives is a feature length documentary that looks at how managing native fish species and their habitats is approached in different areas of the world. We tell this story through fly fishing, so it is also a fly fishing film, but the message is of conservation. By presenting varied approaches to wildlife management through the beautiful art of fly fishing, we hope to raise awareness for protecting native species."
The film follows two friends and fly fishing addicts, Cameron Cushman and Marcos Mazzola, as they scour the world in search of opportunities to fly fish for native, threatened species. Chasing Natives examines the conditions which have led to the demise and/or recovery of particular fish species and their river habitat, and also looks at efforts to improve the health of these populations.
Cameron and Marcos will be traveling to Slovenia, South Africa, Nepal, Japan and Montana, U.S.A, where they will meet local fisheries experts, biologists, fishing guides, local fishermen or village elders. The film will take a look at river and fisheries management in five colorful locations around the globe. The conservation message of these fisheries will be told through the eyes of the two hosts as they embed themselves in local cultures, make new friends, and, of course, fly fish for species they never thought they’d catch. Chasing Natives not only examines the conditions which led to the demise and/or recovery of particular fish species and their river habitat, but looks at what is being done to improve the health of these populations. Cameron and Marcos will be traveling to Slovenia, South Africa, Nepal, Japan and Montana, U.S.A, where they will meet with local fisheries experts, to include biologists, fishing guides, local fisherman or village elders, and discuss the past, present and future state of their particular fishery.
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