Hatching a plan for tomorrow's game fish
Saltwater recreational fishing pumps more than $5 billion into the state's economy every year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. That's three times more than any other state or U.S. territory, making Florida's sport fishery the most valuable in the world. But as more people fish, the pressure on popular species such as spotted seatrout, snook and redfish continues to grow. Fish hatcheries, such as the one on the south side of Tampa Bay, will play a major role in the future of fishing in Florida. But one hatchery won't be able to do it all. The state wants to add seven hatcheries on the east and west coasts of Florida at a cost of $138 million to assure the state's fishing future.
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