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Please join us for our our upcoming Teach-A-Kid Fishing & Ecology Clinic Saturday September 23rd and the William R. Mote Memorial Snook Shindig Research Tournament Friday and Saturday October 6th & 7th to be held at Mote Aquaculture Research Park and Mote Marine Laboratory, respectively. 1) TEACH-A-KID-FISHING & ECOLOGY CLINIC (September 23, 2017) https://mote.org/events/details/teach-a-kid-fishing-ecology-clinic 110 Kids ages 5-16 can learn from professional guides and experienced anglers at Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP). The clinic is designed to school young anglers about enjoying Florida's fisheries while helping to sustain them. Includes spin casting, fly casting, fly tying, cast netting, bait & tackle, Gyotaku fish printing (Japanese art of fish printing), ethical angling, sun and water safety, intro to kayaking (on land), fishing in the Pond at MAP. Cost: $10/child. Cost includes lunch. Each registered child receives a rod, reel and tackle kit. Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 noon, Kids & parents should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Lunch: begins at ~11:30. Thanks to Sarasota Sportsmens Association – Lunch is included. Location: Mote Aquaculture Research Park, 12300 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL (7 miles East of I-75). Ages: 5-16 (plus parents/guardians) 2) WILLIAM R. MOTE MEMORIAL SNOOK SHINDIG (October 6-7, 2017) https://mote.org/events/details/william-r.-mote-memorial-snook-shindig-2017 The Snook Research Tournament is in its 14th year. This special catch, sample and release tournament is used to help document contributions to the fishery of snook that were raised by the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Mote Marine Laboratory, tagged and released into Sarasota Bay by Mote’s Center for Fisheries Enhancement. Stocked snook, tagged with tiny coded wire tags or passive integrated transponders before release into Sarasota Bay, are the focus of pilot studies to identify stock enhancement potential and the best release strategies. Snook caught during the tournament are checked by Mote researchers, who recover tag data and use the information to adjust release protocols. This research tournament has documented that the stocked hatchery-reared snook are contributing to the fishery in Sarasota Bay and changes in snook release strategies based on the results of these pilot studies have improved survival of our stocked snook by as much as 200%. The Center for Fisheries Enhancement uses the Snook Shindig for outreach to help the community learn more about Mote fisheries research and fish conservation, and to gather additional evidence about hatchery snook contribution rates in the fishery and about snook population size and movements in Sarasota Bay. The results are published in scientific journals. Visit the Science Consortium for Ocean Replenishment for current publications on Mote’s snook stock enhancement research in Sarasota Bay http://www.StockEnhancement.org. Fishing Location: Sarasota Bay from Cortez to Venice. Mandatory Captain’s Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema), 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota Fishing: 7 p.m. Oct. 6 – noon Oct. 7 along Sarasota Bay from Venice to Cortez Awards Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema) Pricing $40 registration for adults (18 and older) $50 registration for adults (18 and older) after Sept. 22 $20 registration fee for 17 and younger $30 registration fee for 17 and younger after Sept. 22 $30 banquet only Snook Shindig entry fee includes entry in the tournament, awards dinner, an event T-shirt featuring artwork by local artist Steve Whitlock, voluntary participation in raffles and lots of fun. Our event last year was a huge success and we had the most participants ever, help us learn more about our local snook population! Please email [email protected] for questions. Look forward to seeing you at the events! Thank you for your support!