Conservancy of SW Florida, Redfish Tournament








Barbara Wilson, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, (239) 403-4216


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RedSnook Fishing Tourney to Return in 2007

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NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2006) – The Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently announced that the RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Fishing Tournament will return in 2007 after a one-year hiatus.

            Scheduled for October 6 and 7, 2007, the tournament will be managed by the Conservancy with proceeds benefiting the Estuaries and Coastal Watershed Initiative, as well as the Coastal Conservation Association.

            “The Conservancy has long wanted to identify an event that would unite the conservation, fishing and boating communities around a common cause,” said Conservancy board member Andy Hill. “The RedSnook is one of the premier fishing tournaments in Southwest Florida and we are pleased with this new partnership. Conservancy volunteers Gil LaCroix and Jim Lozelle have worked to keep this exciting tourney alive and are actively planning to make this an even greater event.”

            The RedSnook was founded in 1993 by Tim Perry and Dick Botthof to benefit the YMCA of Collier County youth sports programs, however following the 2005 event, the YMCA made the decision that the adult fishing tournament did not fit with their long-term development objectives and elected to retire the event.


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The Collier County-based fishing tournament, to be held at Naples Bay, Rookery Bay and Everglades National Park, will include two days of fishing, a silent auction and numerous social events.  As always, the Conservancy is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to work on this event as well as others.

Since its founding in 1964, the Conservancy has worked to protect the area’s environment while upholding the quality of life and is dedicated to preserving Southwest Florida’s natural environment. Today, the Conservancy fosters its mission through a comprehensive approach to conservation through scientific research, development of sound environmental policy, wildlife rehabilitation, sea turtle monitoring and environmental education. The Conservancy operates the Naples Nature Center, offering abundant learning opportunities, special activities such as camps for children, and other unique programming and events.


            The RedSnook will also benefit the Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida). Formed in 1985, CCA Florida has been instrumental in achieving numerous major milestones in the conservation of Florida’s marine resources. Premier among these efforts was passage of Florida’s Net Ban, considered to be the most significant mandate for marine conservation in Florida’s history. By banning gill nets and moving huge seine nets offshore, the net ban protects many types of fish, birds and marine mammals. CCA also succeeded in achieving gamefish status for redfish; the dramatic recovery of redfish will become one of the state's few big marine success stories.  Other achievements include banning fish traps off the Atlantic coast and the 2007 phase out of fish traps off the Gulf coast. Last year, CCA Florida stopped an unnecessary attempt, based on questionable science, to close the federal Gulf grouper season for two months. You can visit to learn about these and dozens of other CCA Florida accomplishments that have made Florida the Sportfishing Capital of the World.


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