active nature-based recreation to enhance both their health and mental well-being.The last national survey indicated nearly 50 million days of recreational fishing areenjoyed annually by anglers in the Sunshine State.The national SFR program, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,collects money from manufacturers of fishing equipment, and motorboat and small-engine fuels. Funds from SFR, combined with fishing license revenues, help supportfuture fishing and boating opportunities, including FWC programs such as habitatenhancement, fish stocking, building boat ramps and artificial reefs and youthfishing programs.Tom Champeau, director of theFWC’s Division of Freshwater FisheriesManagement, used a press conference atICAST to update the industry onTrophyCatch (TrophyCatchFlorida.com).TrophyCatch is the latest federal-state-industry partnership funded in part bySFR and largely supported by industry sponsorships and donations to promotecatch-and-release of Florida’s trophy largemouth bass – the most popular sport fishin the world and Florida’s state freshwater fish.The TrophyCatch program is for anglers who catch-and-release largemouthbass greater than eight pounds. Three different tiers will be recognized: The Lunker
Tom Champeau talks about TrophyCatch at the ICAST press conference.