Fish For Tomorrow... Stock Enhancement, Habitat Creation, Public Education
First Saturday in November
Friday at 7pm
Dockside Marina at Wrightsville Beach
Lines in at daylight
Weigh-in at 5pm
All tournament proceeds benefit flounder aquaculture research at UNC Wilmington and NC State University.
All fish must be weighed in alive and in good condition.
Contact Tim Barefoot at 910.617.7637 for more information.
Fish For Tomorrow is a Not-For Profit organization that proudly stands at the forefront of fisheries stock enhancement through aquaculture, creative reef placement and public education.
We support a positive, practical and proactive attitude toward fisheries conservation.
**Read the State Port Pilot Article about Flounder Aquaculture**
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Fish For Tomorrow is currently working with scientists at major North Carolina Universities to develop programs for effective fisheries stock management and enhancement.
We are dedicated to helping the scientific community, state governments, and other organizations bring forward aquaculture technology that can truly make a difference in our lives. This technology will come to fruition in North Carolina through Fish For Tomorrow in the form of an “Aqua Park”. The park will house new fish hatcheries and will serve as a multifunctional learning and training facility for all. Recreational fishermen, and other interested parties can volunteer man hours and resources while commercial fishermen will have the ultimate training facility for learning how to farm fish rather than having to rely entirely on fish caught in the wild.
The Fish For Tomorrow hatcheries will not only provide fingerlings, but will educate both recreational and commercial fishermen to new ways of looking at our coastal resources and their future conservation. In addition, our youth education programs will introduce young people to science-based fisheries conservation, and will include students from elementary school through college grade levels.
The species of fish that Fish For Tomorrow has selected to start with is Southern Flounder. This selection was based on the following:
1. Southern Flounder stocks have dropped to dangerous all-time lows
2. Flounder are the number one sought after fish by NC recreational anglers
3. Flounder are a huge economic resource for commercial fishermen
4. Fish For Tomorrow is already working with scientists that have developed proven methods for collecting southern flounder eggs and producing flounder hatchlings with incredible success rates
5. Southern Flounder stocking programs can work hand in hand with current oyster restoration programs. The “recycled” oyster reefs are the perfect habitat for flounder hatchlings.
6. Southern Flounder can be produced in a saltwater hatchery environment, and then grown out in a --- farm pond environment. This offers a tremendous opportunity for existing tobacco or hog farmers looking for alternative land-uses.
The great news is that with the help of scientists and students, Fish For Tomorrow has already proven that the Flounder hatchery is a viable solution for Southern Flounder stock enhancement. Fish For Tomorrow members helped start a pilot hatchery program last year as part of the
aquaculture program at South Brunswick High School near Southport, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Flounder hatchlings are currently growing inside the aquatanks.---
Fish For Tomorrow is working closely with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries to determine the optimum location to release this first batch of 25,000 fingerlings into the wild.
Based on existing scientific evidence, Fish For Tomorrow estimates that producing and releasing millions of fingerlings (2-5 inches long) into the wild could have a tremendous effect on the Southern Flounder population within just five years. The mortality rate of 4-inch long fingerlings versus hatchlings in the wild is estimated to be reduced by upwards of 95 percent. The wonderful news is that this same process can be used to shore up the stocks of other native species. Future programs are already being discussed that will include Red Drum, Speckled Trout and others.
Creative Reef Placement
Another primary Fish For Tomorrow goal is to provide increased habitat for the North Carolina fisheries stock. Fish For Tomorrow will accomplish this goal in two ways:
1. By placing artificial reef material into near and inshore protected areas that are easily accessed by the average angler.
2. By working closely with the Oyster Recycling program. This program creates new oyster reefs from recycled oyster shells.
A win for everyone!
Fish For Tomorrow will continue to move fisheries conservation into a new realm in the coming months. This will encompass new methods of “farming” from aquaculture, conservation education, and actual stock and reef enhancement. North Carolina’s fisheries resource is one of the largest resources in our state. Not only does it provide literally “tons” of healthy fresh seafood for human consumption but recreational fishing is clearly one of North Carolina’s largest industries. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on boats, tackle, motel rooms, and restaurant meals by anglers going to our coast to fish. It is a critical component of our large coastal tourism industry. At Fish For Tomorrow, we are doing something to make it better.
Join the Cause
If you care about our state’s fisheries, and would like to make a difference...
Please consider making a Contribution to Fish For Tomorrow
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