The Florida Sea Grant College Program is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and NOAA Fisheries to implement a statewide sustainable fisheries education program promoting proven catch-and-release techniques.
The intent of this program is to reduce bycatch and discard mortality of fish that are caught and released. Florida Sea Grant provides information to help bring fishermen up to speed about fishing regulations, as well as encouraging them to adopt beneficial fishing practices.
This Fisheries Extension Program is a statewide effort to educate recreational fishermen and assist them in making informed decisions on critical issues concerning fishery stocks and aquatic habitats, including reduction of mortality of released fish caught on hook and line. Through extension of science-based information drawn from fishery management, research and technology transfer sources, Florida Sea Grant will help ensure that Florida fisheries remain biologically and economically sustainable for future generations.
In the past 10 years, Florida Sea Grant's research and award-winning education efforts directed toward release mortality reduction in prized game species such as red snapper and grouper have included the development of the Novak Venting Tool. For more information on Florida Sea Grant research, education and extension programs, visit www.flseagrant.org.