Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum - August 3, 2017

Join local researchers for the 15th meeting of the Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — an independent, community discussion to help inform fisheries management and science.

Meeting goals: Discuss Mangrove/Living Shoreline and Outreach Subcommittee reports and hear updates on local habitat initiatives to help sustain fisheries.

6 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3rd. WAVE Center at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

NOTE: The meeting room for this event has changed from Mote Marine Laboratory's Buchanan Room to the WAVE Center.

(Park in the main lot for Mote Aquarium and enter our WAVE Center, which is on the left side [South side] of Mote Marine Laboratory, near the front of the building [Southeast corner]. Please enter, sign in, and take the printed Agenda.)

Speaker: Dave Blewett, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Dave Blewett is a fisheries researcher with FWC who is translating his knowledge of estuarine fishes from natural areas into the altered landscapes of Florida’s creeks, canals, and ponds. He will share professional insights into how fish populations could potentially be increased by better designs and management of systems that were originally designed for drainage, navigation, or other purposes. He points out specific, key elements found in nature that are occasionally created by chance within our engineered aquatic systems. For example, a key element of habitat for juvenile sport fish can include restricted passage ways to nursery grounds that exclude large predators, while for larger adult sport fish it can be pulsed seasonal prey coming from productive floodplains or wetlands. Mr. Blewett is optimistic about opportunities for improving Florida’s urban estuarine fisheries.

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