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!