A Catalyst for Change
Living Shorelines provide critical habitat to bay waters. Submitted

A Catalyst for Change

When I asked Jon Thaxton, Vice President of Community Investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF), about the “backstory “of the Foundation’s newly released Water Quality Playbook he was characteristically self-effacing.…

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Threatened Seagrass Has a Trickle Down Effect
Excess Nitrogen from multiple upstream sources create harmful algae blooms like this explosion of lyngbya on the eastern shore of Anna Maria Sound.

Threatened Seagrass Has a Trickle Down Effect

It is imperative that citizens let leaders know they will hold them responsible to protect the resources that form the basis of our quality of life as well as the local economy.

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Learning to Fly
Hunter Parrish landed this tripletail on a bend back shrimp pattern off Anna Maria Island.

Learning to Fly

Unlike most species, to have the best chance of a bite by a tripletail, you need to strip the fly right into the face of the fish.

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What happened to catch and release?
Keeping big fish like tarpon in the water is critical. Andy Mill measures a tarpon while Captain Doug Kilpatrick assists. – Rusty Chinnis | Sun

What happened to catch and release?

Catch and release used to be an accepted practice that acknowledged that fish populations are not the bottomless resource they were once thought to be. Proper catch-and-release methods are more important now than ever. Lately, however, a lot of posts of dead fish are appearing on social media that seem to be taken more to impress others and get likes than to provide a meal.

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Now, Working to Improve The Things That Matter Most
Sarasota Bay Watch members and volunteers celebrate one of their 2018 clam releases. - Rusty Chinnis | Sun

Now, Working to Improve The Things That Matter Most

If you’re feeling like you are helpless in the face of the political and environmental storms that have rocked our lives recently, I would like to propose a path forward. We have the ability to help make real, positive changes that benefit our present and the future for generations to come. I have some suggestions on how to do that.

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