April 25, 2021
By Game & Fish Staff
(From Mud Hole Custom Tackle) In its ongoing commitment to preserve natural fisheries and ecosystems for future generations, Mud Hole Custom Tackle is again joining forces with Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida, to support the East Coast Redfish Restocking Initiative, "Release the East."
Following CCA Florida’s successful efforts along Florida’s West Coast, and borne out of drastic declines in redfish stocks in the East Coast’s Indian River Lagoon, Mud Hole is contributing to "Release the East" with financial consideration, employee volunteer groups and activities related to the raising and releasing of supplementary redfish stocks.
"Mud Hole’s partnership with CCA Florida continues to grow and is extremely important to our environmental focus," said Scott Gimbert, Mud Hole Vice President and redfish enthusiast. "Fishery conservation is a key pillar in our commitment to support the angling community. We are excited to continue providing critical resources as an integral part of such an important CCA initiative."
To ensure healthy East Coast populations, phase one of the "Release the East" initiative pledges to raise and release 100,000 hatchery-reared juvenile redfish from the Duke Energy Mariculture Center. Not only does this help provide for a balanced and vigorous ecosystem, it also safeguards that sportfishing in the Indian River Lagoon will be enjoyed for decades to come.
- CCA Florida and Mud Hole Custom Tackle "Release the East" YouTube video
"Redfish are an essential species to our state and we must work together to conserve this fishery for the next generation," CCA Florida Executive Director Brian Gorski said.
"We’re honored to have Mud Hole Custom Tackle join forces on the 'Release the East' initiative. In partnership with Duke Energy, our efforts will support the health and sustainability of one of Florida’s most iconic fisheries."
CCA Florida and Mud Hole continue to partner on a variety of conservation and fundraising projects to benefit habitat restoration and fulfill a long-term vision of ensuring the health and preservation of our marine resources.
Click for more information about Mud Hole’s participation in the Release the East program.