Restoring our Fish Stocks
Florida's fish stocks are diminishing every day. In the past ten years, the population of Lee County (Ft. Myers and Cape Coral) has increased by more than 340,000 residents. This number does not include the dramatic growth in tourism, with thousands more visitors each year.
Our Florida fish stocks are being pursued by an ever-growing angler base that is better equipped to succeed through scientific improvements in electronics, boats and fishing tackle.
Additionally, our estuaries are under assault from Lake Okeechobee discharges, red tide, extreme cold winter temperatures and devastating hurricanes.
Simply enforcing catch and release will not solve the problem.
One of our prime missions is to develop an expandable tank-based “grow out” facility to shelter and nurture immature fish. This facility will produce 10,000 or more eight to ten inch redfish fingerlings, to be released at several locations within Pine Island Sound.
Our goal is to develop several smaller satellite facilities, and increase the yearly redfish production to 40,000 to 100,000 redfish fingerlings per year to be released throughout Florida.
We believe that these releases will greatly impact Florida's economic growth and re-establish Florida as the Fishing Capitol of the World.