Raising Game Fish Fingerlings to Repopulate Gulf Waters

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The red tide bloom that’s persisted along the gulf coast for almost a year now, has killed hundreds of thousands of fish -- if not millions -- as well as large marine animals, like sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees. Conservation organizations are sounding the alarm about the populations of game fish like snook and redfish, which have been wiped out. Some fishing guides are reportedly looking at changing their business models to deep sea fishing, because of concerns it will take years for the game fish populations to rebound.

There’s a new partnership in place between the nonprofit Coastal Conservation Association Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Mote Marine Laboratory, to raise baby fish, called fingerlings, and have them ready to release into gulf waters once the red tide has subsided, hopefully in the spring, although that’s far from certain at this point. We’re joined by Brian Gorski, executive director of Coastal Conservation Association Florida, to find out how this partnership is going to work, and what it takes to raise thousands of baby fish.