In February I had an opportunity to fish with my favorite group of anglers from the Keys. For the past 30 years this group of fishermen has faithfully made it every month to the backcountry to fish. They were the inspiration for the Coastal Angler Science Team (CAST), the “original-members” before CAST officially came to be. For the past two years they have been regularly scanning their catches for “recaptures” (previous fish we tagged with internal microchips, “PIT-tags”). This group alone has caught over 30 recaptures, about half of the current CAST totals.
Last month the Miami Herald joined CAST for a day on the water! Read the full interview of our Keys volunteers here http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/18/3505486/local-anglers-tag-fish-for-fiu.html
FIU News features the Coastal Angler Science Team in last month’s publication. The article describes CAST research, how we tag fish, and the importance of angler involvement.
Check out the entire article here: http://news.fiu.edu/2013/05/grad-student-launches-science-team-to-examine-everglades-restoration-efforts/62290