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Coastal Conservation Association Florida And Duke Energy to Release 2,000 Redfish in Charlotte County

The Nonprofit-corporate partnership continues its restocking efforts along Florida’s Southwest Coast

Orlando, Fla. – Jan. 8, 2021 – Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida), the state’s leading organization dedicated to marine fisheries conservation, education and advocacy, joined Duke Energy to continue addressing the loss of the redfish population along Florida’s Southwest coast. Together, the partners will release 2,000 (8 to 12 inch), hatchery-reared juvenile redfish from the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. 

“Revitalizing the redfish population through these releases is essential to helping restock this iconic species to the state of Florida,” CCA Florida Executive Director Brian Gorski said. “Today, kicks off our third year partnering with Duke Energy, and together, our efforts are improving this fishery now and for generations to come.”

In recent years, the redfish population has drastically declined as a result of water quality issues and loss of habitat, to counteract these effects, CCA Florida has taken a proactive approach to habitat restoration, focusing on restocking efforts for one of Florida’s most sought-after inshore fish, the redfish. Since 2018, in partnership with Duke Energy, nearly 35,000 redfish have been released in coastal areas across the state to relieve suffering redfish populations.

“Our ongoing efforts with CCA Florida are helping repopulate a fishery that is iconic to the Sunshine State.” Duke Energy Florida Mariculture Center Manager Eric Latimer said. “Every redfish we release is a step in the right direction, and if we can help be the solution to restocking this fishery, then we are helping restore our entire marine environment. 

In the past 30 years, Duke Energy’s Crystal River Mariculture Center has cultivated and released over 4 million fish, shrimp and crabs into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the Center also grows seagrasses, oysters and mangroves to support the overall health of Florida’s fisheries and marine habitats. 

The redfish release will be held at 2 p.m. in Charlotte County at the Port Charlotte Beach Park. During the event, 2,000 redfish are expected to be released. Volunteers are encouraged to participate. 

CCA Florida is committed to ensuring this iconic fishery is healthy for generations to come. To support or learn more, please visit: ccaflorida.org.  

Contact: Mary Hillyer Peelen| 407.617.0604 | mhpeelen@ccaflorida.org   

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About CCA Florida

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. One of 19 state chapters, CCA Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985. A 501(c)3 non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on conservation of marine resources. Through habitat restoration projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida works with its over 18,000 members including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments. Join the conversation on Facebook or learn more at ccaflorida.org.

About Duke Energy 

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states, including Florida.

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