Addictive Fishing visits Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP) to officially kick off - Project Snook - to raise funding and public awareness for Mote Marine’s snook hatchery program.
Kevan Main and Carole Neidig from MAP greeted a group of representatives from Addictive Fishing, MPI Productions, and Dick’s Sporting Goods to graciously accept donations that will keep the doors open and the pumps running.
Mote was on the verge of closing their snook stock enhancement program due to financial cutbacks of today’s adjusting economy. The same day MAP held a meeting regarding the future of the program program, Kevin McCabe, producer of Addictive Fishing Television, had the idea to become a part of the snook research project.
"The fish gods have been very, very good to me, my partner Capt. Blair Wiggins and Addictive Fishing, and now it's our turn to give back," Kevin explains. Addictive Fishing Television is using their pull with sponsors to raise money for Project Snook.
Star brite, flagship sponsor of Project Snook, delivered 1000 bottles of biodegradable limited edition Blair’s Boat Wash. Each bottle will sell for $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the funding of the project.
Lauren Delaney, representative from Dick’s Sporting Goods, delivered a check in the amount of $5000 that will be used to purchase special lighting and salt for the tanks that house the spawning fish.
Mote Marine Laboratories started raising hatchery-reared snook in 1997. Over 52,000 snook have been tagged and released into local waters as of 2009.