Please join us for our our WILLIAM R. MOTE MEMORIAL SNOOK SHINDIG (October 6-7, 2017) https://mote.org/events/details/william-r.-mote-memorial-snook-shindig-2017 held at Mote Marine Laboratory.
The Snook Research Tournament is in its 14th year. This special catch, sample and release tournament is used to help document contributions to the fishery of snook that were raised by the Mote Center for Aquaculture Research and Development and tagged and released into Sarasota Bay by Mote’s Center for Fisheries Enhancement. Stocked snook tagged with tiny coded wire tags or passive integrated transponders before release into Sarasota Bay, are the focus of pilot studies to identify stock enhancement potential and the best release strategies. Snook caught during the tournament are checked by Mote researchers, who recover tag data and use the information to adjust release protocols. This catch and release research tournament has documented that the stocked hatchery-reared snook are contributing to the fishery in Sarasota Bay and changes in snook release strategies based on the results of these pilot studies have improved survival of our stocked snook by as much as 200%. The Snook Shindig involves citizen scientists to gather evidence about hatchery snook contribution rates in the fishery and about snook population size and movements in Sarasota Bay.

Fishing Location: Sarasota Bay from Cortez to Venice.
Mandatory Captain’s Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema), 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota
Fishing: 7 p.m. Oct. 6 – noon Oct. 7 along Sarasota Bay from Venice to Cortez
Awards Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Mote’s WAVE Center (former Sea Cinema)
Pricing
$40 registration for adults (18 and older)
$50 registration for adults (18 and older) after Sept. 22
$20 registration fee for 17 and younger
$30 registration fee for 17 and younger after Sept. 22
$30 banquet only
Snook Shindig entry fee includes entry in the tournament, awards dinner, an event T-shirt featuring artwork by local artist Steve Whitlock, voluntary participation in raffles and lots of fun. Our event last year was a huge success and we had the most participants ever, help us learn more about our local snook population!

Please email redfishlab@mote.org for questions. Look forward to seeing you at the events!
Thank you for your support!