Last week we had the privilege of visiting Mote Marine’s Project Snook. What an amazing place doing all kinds of great conservation and restoration efforts in the Sarasota area. From releasing Snook into Sarasota Bay to learning about redfish spawning and Pompano habitat, they really have it all there. They have really hit some big milestones in the last couple years with how to vastly improve the survival rate of these snook. I believe this really should be on every guide and anglers agenda to get this project started here in Charlotte Harbor! I got a chance to talk and learn from Dr. Carlos Yanes-Roca; he walked me through the property and explained the value in replenishing fish populations along with the mangrove restoration they are growing for the area.
A totally self-sufficient farm that relies on donations, they have just began a smaller similar project in Costa Rica and Mexico for Black Snook, not available in Florida. We are fortunate to have the Mote Marine satellite office here at Rail Road Plaza in Boca Grande, so stop in and chat with them! This is really a ground breaking project that they have been doing for many years in fresh water environments now the great people at Mote have done this task in Sarasota in hopes it will catch on to other areas. I think people feel the ocean is an endless supply of fish but with more fishing pressure and more people taking inshore fish species, I hope it is time for a change. Mote Marine’s Project Snook is not open to public, if you are interested in the project and would like to try and set up an appointment to see the program please email us and we could try and facilitate that. Here are some pictures from our trip!