Vision / Mission


To make a meaningful difference in the lives of Florida Keys inshore fishing guides, the fishery in which they operate, and the communities in which they live.


Provide Financial Assistance in Times of Hardship.. Grant requests typically arise following a serious sickness or injury that prevents an individual guide from working for prolonged periods.  Once submitted, grant applications are reviewed by GTF in consultation with the applicable local guides association.
Mobilize our Network for Emergency Fundraising Initiatives. Through our network of generous donors, committed trustees and extensive sportfishing industry contacts, GTF moves rapidly to generate additional financial assistance in the wake of catastrophic events. In recent years, these events have included Hurricane Irma and the Covid-19 pandemic, each of which resulted in widespread hardship among the guide community.
Support Conservation Efforts Deemed Critical to the Future of the Florida Keys Inshore Fishery. By listening to and aligning with the Florida Keys guide community, we aim to identify and support those conservation efforts that will most positively impact the fragile ecosystem that makes up the inshore fishery of the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park. Specifically, this is demonstrated by our ongoing support of the excellent work carried out by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.
Invest in the Future Work Force of the Florida Keys through Education. This effort includes the funding of college scholarships for Florida Keys based students who are pursuing degrees in the marine sciences or otherwise engaged in fields of study that will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to serve their communities in a manner that furthers GTF’s vision / mission.
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