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Red Tide Recovery Stock Enhancements Begin in Southwest Florida

Along with Duke Energy and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we began releasing over 16,000 juvenile and adult redfish in southwest Florida counties in February. The program was announced in the Fall of 2018, and includes the donation of the hatchery-reared redfish from the Duke Energy Mariculture Center in Crystal River, Florida.

Each of the five releases includes approximately 2,000 juvenile fish and 25 to 30 adult redfish per county, all hatchery-reared at the Duke Energy Mariculture Center.  In February, we released in Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties.

Additional tentative release dates and locations include:

Manatee County – February 26th at 11 a.m. – Robinson Preserve (1704 99th Street NW, Bradenton, FL 34209)

Lee County – March 12th at 11 a.m. – Tropical Point Park (3401 Tropical Point Drive, St. James City, FL 33956)

Collier County – March 15th at 11 a.m. – Shell Island Boat Launch (10 Shell Island Road, Naples, FL 34113)

Charlotte County – March 19th at 11 a.m. – Ponce De Leon Park (3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda, FL 33950)

“We’re extremely excited to release 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.”

“Duke Energy is committed to helping protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “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.”

“We are thankful for the leadership and efforts of CCA and Duke Energy on making this redfish enhancement possible,” said Eric Sutton, FWC Executive Director.  “We are proud to be a partner.”

Anglers can become engaged by joining CCA Florida at JoinCCA.org.  Or visit us on our Facebook page.

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