Earlier this year El Pescador Lodge in North Ambergris Caye hosted the filming of "Buccaneers and Bones" starring Michael Keaton actor/director, Tom Brokaw news anchor of NBC among others. The outdoor adventure was filmed on Ambergris Caye by Orion Multimedia, the world's largest producer of outdoor adventure television, and will air on December 31, 2010.
Orion Multimedia was particularly interested in filming in Belize due to the newly legislated “catch and release” law. El Pescador's involvement with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust regarding bonefish tagging, as well as the research Green Reef is doing regarding sport fish habitat and trying to protect critical areas from development, made the lodge a natural partner.
During their stay on Ambergris Caye, Alonzo Flota, from Under da Sea, took them for a memorable snorkeling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. They returned raving about the beauty of the Barrier Reef and abundance of the marine life.
Honorable Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Manuel Heredia Jr. gave a very interesting interview regarding how he grew up on Ambergris Caye as a commercial fisherman, his time at the fishing co-op and his passion and understanding of fishing. Also discussed was the Minister’s involvement in helping to pass the catch and release legislation to protect bonefish, tarpon and permit as game fish – demonstrating Belize’s commitment to protecting our natural resources to ensure the livelihood of future generations.
Buccaneers and Bones will make its debut on Friday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m. EST on the Outdoor Channel.
About Buccaneers and Bones the show:
Seven Anglers. Seven Days. A Lifetime of Memories
See what happens when a legendary anchor, famous actor, television star, acclaimed author, visionary industry leader, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust board member and the co-founder of Reel Women all share an island for one week. Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton, Yvon Chouinard, Thomas McGuane, Zach Gilford, Bill Klyn and Lori-Ann Murphy cast off from San Pedro Island in Belize in pursuit of 3 legendary species: bonefish, tarpon and permit.
Buccaneers and Bones is presented in partnership with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and features a collection of luminary anglers including Tom Brokaw, Michael Keaton, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and acclaimed photographer R. Valentine Atkinson.
The series will be narrated by Brokaw and will explore the wonders of bone fishing through the eyes of this all-star cast who have each devoted a significant part of their lives to conservation causes. The series also will reveal some of the latest research funded by BTT and other organizations - information that will both help anglers catch more fish and better save the fragile coastal habitats.
Along the way, viewers will be activated to do their part to preserve these species so that future generations can experience all that these great game fish have to offer.