Indifly Announces “Kio Kio” — A New Film that Explores How Fly Fishing Can Empower Communities to Conserve Resources

Kio Kio Trailer from Indifly on Vimeo.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (February 13, 2019) — Indifly is pleased to announce the release of “Kio Kio” — a new film that examines how fly fishing on Anaa Atoll (French Polynesia) is creating new economic opportunities while establishing a new ethic of conservation.

In a collaborative effort between Indifly, The Island Initiative, and the community of Anaa, fly fishing is creating new economic opportunities. “Kio Kio” documents these efforts and follows residents of Anaa, scientists, and anglers as they work to find ways to conserve bonefish populations while developing a world-class fly fishing operation.

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“Indifly believes in sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources,” explains Indifly Executive Director Matt Shilling. “Together with our local partners, The Island Initiative, we have witnessed firsthand a shift in mindset towards conservation on Anaa Atoll. We feel honored to showcase the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the community of Anaa through ‘Kio Kio.’”

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Photo: Josh Hutchins

Both “Kio Kio” and the project on Anaa Atoll are supported in part by Costa Sunglasses. Peter Vandergrift, Fly Community Leader for Costa, was on hand for the filming. “We are proud that the partnership between Indifly and Costa has made significant strides to protect the way of life and the biodiversity in places like Anaa and Rewa, Guyana,” states Vandergrift. “This film gives a clear view of how so much in these communities are on a knife’s edge and how without goodwill, good science, and real leadership these projects could fall flat.”

Directed by Lucy Kreutz, “Kio Kio” is presently showing in the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

About Indifly:

Indifly is a nonprofit organization that uses fly fishing as a tool for transforming the lives of indigenous people and protecting valued environments. Indifly works to create sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources. Current Indifly projects include Rewa, Guyana, Anaa Atoll, French Polynesia, and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

For more information about Indifly, please visit and follow them on FacebookInstagramand Twitter.

About Costa:

As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted in Florida, Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its mission to provide high quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, Indifly Foundation and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.