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Episode 1304: Habitats: The Key to Florida's Fisheries

Florida is an anglers’ paradise. The sunshine state’s recreational fisheries are valued at around $12 billion a year, and tarpon and snook are two of its most iconic game fish.

To thrive, these two species require murky, mangrove-lined tidal creeks and backcountry ponds when they are young. Mangrove forests are inhospitable to humans, and with nearly a thousand people moving to Florida every day, many have given way to coastal development over the decades. 

Dedicated scientists are monitoring the long-term population trends of these fishes, and are employing creative solutions to restore and reconnect some of these crucial habitats to secure the future of the fisheries.


 

Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.


 

Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

David Diez

Rick Montgomery of Island TV for Boca Grande

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Indian River Mosquito Control District

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Special Thanks:

Dave Fuss

Will VanGelder


Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by: