Florida wildlife officials are encouraging marine fishers to participate in three Saltwater Angler Recognition programs for prizes. The programs are meant to engage anglers and build on conservation efforts.
Melissa Crouch is with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Outreach and Education. She says Saltwater Recognition Programs encourage anglers to target a diversity of species, which reduces pressure on the most sought after saltwater fish.
“These programs include the Saltwater Grand Slam program, which are groups of three fish—that if you catch them in one 24-hour period, you can get recognition,” she said, in a promotional video. “There are nine categories of Grand Slams from In-Shore all the way to Blue Water, and even a small prize slam for the kids.”
There’s also two new programs.
“The Saltwater Fish Life List program allows you to track your progress at catching 71 species of saltwater fish and there’s the Saltwater Reel Big Fish, which gives you recognition for catching an extraordinarily sized fish out of 30 different species that’s not quite a record, but still worth bragging about,” Crouch added.
The FWC will reward anglers in different ways, like recognition in its publications and website, T-shirts, fishing gear, and kayaks. These free programs are open year-round for all experience levels.
And, you don’t have to harvest your fish for these programs, but we do suggest releasing your catch, if possible,” Crouch continued.
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