A torrent of rain may find its way to the little island of Guanaja just after first light or under the blanket of stars; and it may last ten minutes or ten days but a mark has been left. Springs over-looking the sea on harsh mountains are replenished with a new wave of water and a cycle begins. Water flows from the spring through one stream at first but before soon the stream is split up into two, then three, and before long, a network of streams replenish the whole island with new water. While one stream may wash up new food for anxious mullet in a pool, another may cascade over a waterfall providing a place for a nice swim. But the cycle doesn’t stop at the streams, it continues further on. From stream to pipe this new water may be funneled down a hill side in order to supply people with water as is done in Mangrove Bite. The flow is not perfect, however, as the cycle may be temporarily disrupted as a lanky teenager busts the well worn pipe and the whole town gathers to resume the flow, all as the suspect flees. The water from here may exit to the vast ocean in a variety of ways. Some water joins the ocean as a sun beaten fisherman cleans off his dock in the marina after a long day. Ocean currents circulate and sweep the water away to all ranges of life, water travels through a mudding permits gills or through a skiffs running prop. On the flats lots of water lies, running through the mangroves arching roots where some of it may even get absorbed. Through the mangrove the water runs getting filtered back from saltwater to fresh. As the mangrove synthesizes the water some of it is released back into the sky; in the form of water vapor it travels thousands of feet back into the sky, restarting the cycle. As this cycle continues another cycle continues its revolutions around the island. Fish for Change students filter in and out of Mangrove Bight to stay for week of experiences unlike any others in their life. Students are not only able to experience world class flats fishing but also a more important experience, that being the customs, culture, and over all environment of the islanders of Guanaja.
- Tristan McKenna 6/20/19