The Everglades ecosystem is home to at least 22 nonnative freshwater fish species. These non-native fish may be causing detrimental changes to our native fish communities, particularly as the number of new species continues to increase. All but two of these fish were introduced illegally as the result of releases of unwanted pets and food fish, or due to the flooding of aquaculture ponds.
The Everglades CISMA is hosting the Everglades Non-native Fish Round Up to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish into Florida waters, and to encourage anglers to target these nonnative species for consumption. The Round Up will also gather data into non-native fish distribution and abundance that can assist in their management.
The Round Up will be a one day event open to all anglers (shore or boat) fishing in the Everglades area. CASH PRIZES will be awarded for largest fish, largest aggregate catch (weight), and will include a junior division. We also will award a “Slam” prize to the angler that catches the greatest number of non-native species.
The 7th Annual Everglades Non-Native Fish Round-Up had a total of 65 anglers with approximately 543 pounds of non-native fish caught. There was a tie in the slam category which was broken by total aggregate weight. More information regarding the prizes will be emailed to the winners later this week. If you would like us to email your team’s stats, let us know and we can get it to you. Thank you for your participation in this year’s Non-Native Fish Round-Up and we hope to see you again next year!
——-Cash prizes based on 20 registered anglers.——–