OUTDOORS: Mote Marine to host Snook Shindig

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Catch/sample/release tournament will help retrieve data on tagged juvenile snook

Some saltwater fish have proved to be easily hatchery raised. Redfish being one but snook have not. Over the years, Mote Marine Laboratories has successfully produced snook fry in relatively small numbers which have been released in our local waters. In an attempt to retrieve some data from the tagged juveniles, Mote has conducted an event known as the “Snook Shindig” every year to have local anglers participate in the process via a catch/sample/release tournament.

This event is coming up on Sept. 27-28. The area covered has been greatly reduced this year. Previously, it had been from Cortez to Englewood but this year it has been set from New Pass to Blackburn Point.

There is a mandatory captains’ meeting on Friday at Mote’s Wave Center prior to the actual fishing time which begins at 7 p.m. and runs through noon on Saturday. A post event banquet will be held Saturday afternoon. Folks wishing to attend the banquet only can do so for a $30 ticket.There is a Sarasota Chapter CCA Banquet slated for Friday evening. Being that many CCA members will likely participate, there has been arrangements made for captains to sign in and register for the Mote event at the CCA banquet.

For complete information, visit mote.org/events/snookshindig or call Allison Whitten at 941-388-4441, ext. 139. Online registration can be made at mote.org/onlinepurchasing.

• Another event being held locally from Nov. 10-14 is the 10th FSU-Mote International Symposium on Fisheries Ecology and International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching at Mote Marine. This symposium will cover a broad spectrum of fisheries related issues, affecting both recreational and commercial interests.

The outline and themes of the program are far too lengthy to print here but those interested can visit mote.org/FisheriesEnhancementSymposium or email EnhancementSym@mote.org with any questions you may have. Registration for this event ends on Sept. 29.

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