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Environmental Issues

Throughout the years, We have come to realize just how important these waters are to us and to Florida overall. We may be avid fishermen, but realize the importance of conservation to preserve this beautiful part of the world for generations to come.

Redfish Tracking

Redfish are considered the crown jewel of Charlotte Harbor. There are fishing tournaments held here year round for this fish. The tournaments are all catch and release, the fish must be alive and be able to be released back into the Harbor after weighing in.

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We volunteered for numerous years to assist in a research project to find out what happens to these fish after being released back into the Harbor. In conjunction with Charlotte County Extension/SeaGrant, Mote Marine and the University of Florida, a study was done on these fish. This group, run by Biologist, Betty Staugler, conducted their study using one fishing tournament for three years in a row. They used the Kid's Cup Redfish Tournament. The participants and spectators of the tournament were allowed to watch the process.

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Each fish that was weighed for future study. Some had tracking devices implanted into them that allowed the fish to be tracked for up to one year. Receivers to track them were placed in various areas of the harbor. Plus, any captain could take out receivers when out on the water.

To read more on this study follow this link: Redfish Tracking Study

 






Tarpon DNA Research

Tarpon are another sport fish. There are many tournaments centered around this fish, too. Though, not as many as the Redfish Tournament. These fish are much bigger and migrate through our area in spring and summer. Florida Fish and Wildlife has been studying the genetics of these fish since 2005. Biologists use the database to identify when a tarpon has been caught and sampled more than once. Biologists refer to these fish as recaptures. The database now includes more than 100 documented recaptures.

Photo Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in collaboration with Mote Marine Laboratory, encourages anglers throughout the state to genetically sample tarpon, regardless of size, before releasing them. A small sample of skin cells collected from the outer jaw provides enough DNA for identification purposes.

    Through these studies, Biologists have learned:
  • Migratory patterns of adult Tarpon
  • Learning about juvenile and subadult tarpon habitats


To learn more about this program, follow this link:
Tarpon Genetics

 




We are proud to have participated in these studies and hope to continue to help these agencies and others in the future.


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