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.
In October of 2012 the Coastal Angler Science Team was awarded $5,000 from the Everglades Foundation. This award was a significant event for CAST, allowing us to officially launch our program. Funding has gone towards the purchase of handheld PIT tag readers for anglers and other data collection tools, PIT tags, and informational materials. We are extremely grateful for the support from the Everglades Foundation. This program would not have been possible without this initial funding.
Check out the full story from the EF at: http://www.evergladesfoundation.org/2012/10/04/students-working-on-everglades-topics-awarded-ef-2012-scholarships/