Florida Fish Busters’ BulletinMay 2012
Hatchery bass making a difference in Florida
By Bob Wattendorf, with Rick Stout and Dave Yeager.Fisheries biologists often refer to a three-pronged approach to fisheriesmanagement: habitat, fish and people. To develop and sustain high qualityrecreational fisheries, all three components need to be addressed.Most biologists tend to stress that habitat – from water quality and quantity,to the amount of structure, including aquatic plants and resulting forage – may bethe most critical. However, managing fish, which is often seen as stocking more or“better” fish, is often the first thought of anglers. Meanwhile, the people aspect,which includes engaging the public in stewardship of the resource, participation inoutdoor recreation and regulations regarding harvest, is often the most visibleapproach.This column will focus on fishstocking but show examples of how theFlorida Fish and Wildlife ConservationCommission (FWC) integrates all three of these management aspects to makestocking successful. And, it emphasizes
FWC biologists stock fingerling largemouth bass into Lake Talquin.