■ STAFF REPORT
On Tuesday, Feb. 5 Coastal Conservation Association Florida, Duke Energy and the FWC began releasing more than 10,000 juvenile and adult redfish in southwest Florida counties beginning with a 1,000+ redfish release in Pasco County.
Each of the five upcoming releases include approximately 1,000 to 1,500 juvenile fish and 25 to 30 adult redfish per county, all hatchery-reared at the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. Tentative release dates include:
- February 12 – Sarasota and Charlotte Counties (locations TBD)
- February 19 – Lee and Collier Counties (locations TBD)
- TBD – Manatee County
On February 5 redfish were released from Pasco County, Brashers Park and on February 7 redfish were released from the Cockroach Bay Ramp in Hillsborough County. That same day they were released from Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.
“We’re extremely excited to begin releasing these fish now that the waters are determined to be safe,” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director. “Between these releases, encouraging anglers to catch-and-release and promoting conservation, we’re going to see this fishery improve, and we’re honored to be a part of it.”
Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president, said,”Duke Energy is committed to helping protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment. Our Mariculture Center advances environmental stewardship throughout the state by partnering with state/local agencies and universities on restoration projects. The redfish we are donating will have long-term positive environmental impacts in the affected areas and we’re proud to play a small part in the solution to the recent red tide occurrence.”
Eric Sutton, FWC Executive Director said they were proud to partner in the project.
“We are thankful for the leadership and efforts of CCA and Duke Energy on making this redfish enhancement possible,” he said.
Anglers can become engaged by joining CCA Florida at JoinCCA.org. For more information, visit the Facebook page or ccaflorida.org.