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Mud Hole Custom Tackle Joins Coastal Conservation Association Florida for East Coast Redfish Restocking Initiative: Release the East

Indian River Lagoon Estuary Is Focal Point for Restoration Efforts

Orlando, Fla., April 21, 2021 – In its ongoing commitment to preserve natural fisheries and ecosystems for future generations, Mud Hole Custom Tackle is, again, joining forces with Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida, supporting its East Coast Redfish Restocking Initiative: ‘Release the East.’ Following CCA Florida’s successful efforts along Florida’s West Coast, and borne out of drastic declines in redfish stocks in the East Coast’s Indian River Lagoon, Mud Hole is contributing to Release the East with financial consideration, employee volunteer groups and activities related to the raising and releasing of supplementary redfish stocks. 

“Mud Hole’s partnership with CCA Florida continues to grow and is extremely important to our environmental focus,” said Scott Gimbert, Mud Hole Vice President and redfish enthusiast. “Fishery conservation is a key pillar in our commitment to support the angling community. We are excited to continue providing critical resources as an integral part of such an important CCA initiative.” 

To ensure healthy East Coast populations, phase one of the Release the East initiative pledges to raise and release 100,000 hatchery-reared juvenile redfish from the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. Not only does this help provide for a balanced and vigorous ecosystem, it also safeguards that sportfishing in the Indian River Lagoon will be enjoyed for decades to come. 

“Redfish are an essential species to our state and we must work together to conserve this fishery for the next generation,” CCA Florida Executive Director Brian Gorski said. “We’re honored to have Mud Hole Custom Tackle join forces on the Release the East initiative. In partnership with Duke Energy, our efforts will support the health and sustainability of one of Florida’s most iconic fisheries.” 

CCA Florida and Mud Hole continue to partner on a variety of conservation and fundraising projects to benefit habitat restoration and fulfill a long-term vision of ensuring the health and preservation of our marine resources. For more information about Mud Hole’s participation in the Release the East program, go to its blog post


About Mud Hole Custom Tackle 

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, based in Oviedo, Florida, is the world’s largest supplier of rod building & tackle crafting goods and instruction. From rod building and repairing, to fly tying and lure building, Mud Hole is the leading e-retailer and mail order supplier to hobbyists, small manufacturers, and large OEMs, worldwide. Offering a superior shopping experience at mudhole.com, rapid delivery, stellar customer service, and world class online content and instruction, Mud Hole Custom Tackle is the trusted source for the rod building and tackle crafting community. 

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.  

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