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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.

RED TIDE

Red Tide or Karenia brevis, is an algae bloom that occurs in the Gulf of Mexico.  It is not new and has been documented for over 100 years.  It occurs in salt water, not fresh.  It has been found in Charlotte Harbor but not far up the estuary as it needs a true saltwater environment.  Due to recent blooms, FWC has taken measures to protect the fishing industry/species.  With recent prolonged blooms, Southwest Florida has current catch and release only for Snook, Red Drum and Spotted Sea Trout through May 2021.

https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/faq/

 

SEA GRANT

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 have volunteered for numerous projects, working with Sea Grant - UF/IFAS Extension over the years to assist in research projects. We are proud to be part of these important studies.

surgery To read more on this study follow this link: SEA GRANT

 





 

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 studied the genetics of these fish from 2005 to 2015. 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 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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