Letter to the Editor: Recent net pull at preserve a great success

October 28, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

dsc_8276To the Editor:
Just a letter of thanks to local resident and Marine Dock & Seawall contractor Jim Bennett, who donated his time, truck and four of his strong young water-experienced staff to help us with our latest net pull in Wildflower Preserve.
It was a very successful team effort. We sampled, measured and released 34 total juvenile tarpon with 15 diverse volunteers. This was the best result for healthy tarpon in the past three years for October!
Water sampling and science measuring was done by Jamie Drro from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. She was assisted by Becka DeRosa, a dedicated local lady who is a professional fishing guide, and who is also a member of Lemon Bay Conservancy and the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande.
Our next “protect and conserve” Lemon Bay Conservancy Saturday morning tarpon net pull will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at Wildflower Preserve. Then another will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Wildflower Preserve at 8 a.m.
Call LBC to register at (941) 839-8922. We are always looking for new volunteers and high school STEM students to come out to Wildflower to observe and learn, and new folks to join LBC to become members. Help us to continue to make a positive restoration and conservation difference.
More info on our many successful projects and programs is available on our website at
Thank you!
Jim Cooper
Lemon Bay Conservancy