Wednesday, March 18, 2020

IRL CLAM PROJECT WINS AWARD


The IRL Clam Restoration Project won Project of the Year at the 19th Annual Marine Resources Council Conservation Achievement Awards Dinner. The event was held Saturday, February 22 on Florida's Space Coast to honor conservation projects which are making a difference. Capt Blair Wiggins from Addictive Fishing Television and Frank Gidus from CCA Florida accepted the award on behalf of the clam team. It has been an incredible year for the Indian River Lagoon Clam Project reaching our fundraising goal to help Whitney Labs in St. Augustine spawn 4 million clams - twice as many clams as originally proposed. The project is full steam ahead with a planned release of the first generation of clams in the Indian River this spring. So make sure you sign up for the Clam Newsletter so you can stay up to date on our progress.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HISTORIC IRL CLAM BENEFIT


The inaugural IRL Clam Restoration Project Benefit was one for the record books, raising over $140,000 in one night. With only 3 months of planning, over 200 fishing enthusiasts from all across the country; including TV celebrities, charter captains, and fishing guides showed up at the Cocoa Civic Center in support of the project. The successful evening was spearheaded by local TV host, Capt Blair Wiggins of Addictive Fishing TelevisionCapt Blair spoke from experience growing up as a fishing guide on Florida's Space Coast. He shared his experiences and about how he witnessed the Indian River and Banana River water quality change when the clam population was decimated in the 1990's. 

Next up, Capt. Wiggins introduced the project clam master - Dr. Todd Osborne PhD. from the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine. Dr. Todd showed the standing room only audience the statistics behind the sustainable clam restoration project. Dr. Todd and Marine Biologist, Jose Nunez are spawning our future generation of clam filters to help water quality. It's what this fishery needs. The clam team including Jeff Beal from FWC, was then presented with the big donation of the night from the IRL Council for $103,322.00. Boom!