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Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Fisherman Helping Fisherman … Florida Strong

Hurricane Irma visited the Florida Keys last week leaving behind a devastated charter fishing industry. These are our fellow fishermen. They are devastated both personally & professionally and need our assistance to recover and rebuild.

Old Salt Fishing Foundation is establishing the Fishermen Helping Fishermen Fund to raise money, & provide direct financial support to, charter captains in the Florida Keys adversely impacted by Hurricane Irma. We are working with Captain Paulette Barrett of Dream Catcher Charters in Key West, FL to ensure all donations go to fellow charter captains to rebuild their businesses.

“So many Captains are suffering a loss. Many have lost their boats or homes while others have been blessed with minimal loss. Regardless of their tangible loss they will ALL be effected by the loss of business. There has been devastation but also great progress towards recovery and rebuilding. In addition to immediate needs, it is very important that visitors not cancel their vacations or fishing trips in the near future because we are strong and have come together to ensure success. The Keys will be ready and open for business VERY soon! We are thankful for all the help and cannot wait to get back on the water.” ~ Captain Paulette Barrett
(check out her Keys pictures from before & after the storm – click here)

Old Salt wants to show that we are Florida Strong. We are producing for sale a Florida Strong tee shirt with $5 from the sale of every shirt going into the fund for fisherman in need. Go online to https://shop.oldsaltfishing.org/ to buy a shirt. And help rebuild a life.

“Many fellow anglers in the Keys make their living on charter boats and will need help getting their businesses, their boats, up and running. They will need financial assistance. The Keys are dear to all anglers across the globe and we need to help them rebuild. We are hoping to raise significant funds through the Fishermen Helping Fishermen – Florida Strong fundraiser to assist those in need.” ~Tom Verdensky, president of Old Salt Fishing Foundation

Other ways to help:
Basic needs such as generators, fans, extension cords, plywood, wood screws, smaller AC units, solar phone chargers, insect repellent, toiletry items will be needed. Look for local drop off points to donate these items.

If you have a drop off location or know of one … list them in the comments below. We will do our best to share them.

Goliath Grouper: FWC Workshops on regulations

Goliath Grouper: FWC Workshops on regulations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold public workshops to solicit comments on Goliath Grouper. Old Salt Fishing Foundation is advocating that we open this species up with regulations.  We urge all interested fishermen to attend these meetings if possible and express your thoughts to FWC. If you cannot attend an in-person… Continue Reading

Florida FWC Seeks Your Comments

Fellow anglers. You will be forgiven if you haven’t stumbled to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recent request for comments on Flounder, Sheepshead and Tripletail. These kind of requests for input often get obscured by the plethora of information going into, and coming out of, the FWC. In the FWC’s words: FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s… Continue Reading

Red Snapper Sector Separation Sunset Provision Extension

The Gulf Council (Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council) is living slap up to the “Snidely Whiplash” caricature so many Gulf anglers already recognize it as. Here we are, one year into Red Snapper Sector Separation (Amendment 40), the ink barely dry, arguments pro & con still ringing in our ears and the Council appears intent on pounding a cob up… Continue Reading

Regulatory & Environmental – ICAST 2016

  This years sessions on regulatory and environmental issues were Less combative than last year and….. Heavier on the role of institutional activism as a means to address fishing related matters. Informative and, maybe even eye opening. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership sponsored and hosted two well constructed lunch sessions: Alternative Fisheries Management For The 21st Century Will… Continue Reading

Jolly expediting a bill to combat foreign illegal fishing in US Waters to the President

Congressman Jolly cosponsored House bill to combat foreign illegal fishing in U.S. waters headed to the President Seminole, FL –The Senate this week passed a bill to fight the problem of illegal fishing from foreign vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 774), which… Continue Reading

Red Snapper Management – ICAST Sessions

Red Snapper Management – Federal vs. States Red Snapper has been the hot button in the fishing industry and this year at ICAST in the TRCP Saltwater Media Summit they dared to address the issues.  The talk featured three main speakers: Dr. Roy Crabtree, NOAA Fisheries Jessica McCawley, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Randy Pausina,… Continue Reading

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