Seminars to bring anglers, scientists together

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The goliath grouper is one of the topics in the 2012 Scientific Angler Series at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, beginning on Wednesday.

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Submitted photo The goliath grouper is one of the topics in the 2012 Scientific Angler Series at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, beginning on Wednesday.

Love fishing? Want to know more about fisheries-related research going on in Southwest Florida?

The Collier County Sea Grant Extension Program can do just that with its 2012 Scientific Angler Seminar Series. The four-part series is an opportunity for anglers and those interested to meet and interact with researchers involved in fisheries-related projects in the region.

The seminars are free and open to the public and will be at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center at 300 Tower Road for four nights. Each program is 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Thanks to support from the Marco Island Sport Fishing Club, light refreshments will be served and door prizes given out during the program.

The first seminar will be on Wednesday, featuring Angela Collins, a research biologist with FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. She will provide insight into the biology and life history of goliath grouper, and discuss her work of tagging and tracking these giants in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Feb. 22, John Stevely, with the Florida Sea Grant College Program, will discuss the management and conservation challenges of increasing the survival rates of popular reef fish, such as snapper and grouper caught and released in deep waters.

For the March 21 session, Dr. Darren Rumbold, with Florida Gulf Coast University. He will share his work on tracking methyl mercury through the food web in Southwest Florida coastal waters.

Finally, the April 11 session will feature Dr. Kathy Guindon, with FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. She will discuss her research on how catch-and-release practices affect the survival rates of tarpon and how anglers can help protect these popular sportfish.

While the seminars are free, participants are encouraged to RSVP with Bryan Fluech, Collier County Sea Grant Extension Agent, at (239) 417-6310, ext. 204, or fluech@edu.

For a full list of program dates, times, and topics visit http://collierseagrant.blogspot.com/2011/11/2012-scientific-angler-seminar-series.html.

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