On May 27th, Mote Marine Laboratory hosted a Kids Fishing Tournament at their Aquaculture Park for 5th grade students from Brentwood Elementary School. Participants took part in activities led by fishing experts, educators, and conservationists which taught them about fish biology, responsible fishing practices, fishing techniques and a variety of other topics. They were also given a chance to go fishing at one of the ponds on-site at Mote's Aquaculture Park. Lastly, they learned about Mote research and fisheries enhancement by going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquaculture Park.
"Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project Chair, Sean Russell, was able to speak to the participants about the importance of properly recycling their used monofilament fishing line. Each of the participants received a personal-sized fishing line recycling bin. These bins were assembled by Sarasota County 4-H members. A special thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory for their continued support of the "Stow It-Don't Throw It" Project!