American Sportfishing Association’s Keep Florida Fishing Funds Three Projects Through Shimano, Inc. Contribution

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing, (KFF) an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, presented grants to three projects in Florida from the generous contribution Shimano, Inc. made earlier this year. KFF worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to identify three projects worthy of support from the Shimano, Inc. donation.

The first check presentation took place April 7 at the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Webster, Florida with FWC Commissioner Gary Lester and FWC Freshwater Fisheries Director, Tom Champeau. The grant will be used to fund the construction of a new boardwalk, a project led by Eagle Scout candidate Tristan Carreiro and supported by the FWC. A video of the presentation may be viewed here.

On April 18, a second check was presented to assist with maintenance and upkeep of the Bent Range Marker off Miami Beach. The marker is a popular bait spot for anglers who plan to head offshore. The Bent Range Marker was schedule to be removed by the U.S. Coast Guard before the FWC agreed to take over responsibility.

The final check was presented on May 31 at the Apollo Beach saltwater hatchery to Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Associate Research Scientist Jason Lemus, FWRI Research Administrator Chris Young and FWC Southwest Regional Director Tom Graef. The funds will supply tank covers to protect seatrout, snook and redfish from predatory birds.

“On behalf of Florida’s more than three million anglers, Keep Florida Fishing would like to thank Shimano for their generous donation. Through Shimano’s financial support we were able to support three important projects that impact Florida’s waters and angler community,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.

“The Florida Bass Conservation Center boardwalk, the Bent Range Marker and Apollo Beach’s saltwater hatchery all play a vital role to help keep Florida fishing and we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to support these three projects through Shimano’s contribution,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

From left to right, Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute [FWRI] Associate Research Scientist Jason Lemus, FWC Southwest Regional Director Tom Graef, American Sportfishing Association’s Keep Florida Fishing Director Gary Jennings and FWRI Research Administrator Chris Young