Mote to restock snook in SW Florida
Mote scientists will restock juvenile snook to “specific tidal-creek ‘nurseries’ that would usually be supplied by spawning aggregations hit hard by the bloom.”
It will cost in excess of $440,000 to raise and release 10,000 hatchery-reared juvenile snook along Florida’s southwest coast. If the red tide has gone back out to sea and the coastal waters are considered safe, the juvenile snook will be released beginning in April 2019.
By tagging the 10-month-old juvenile snook with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, Mote scientists expect to gain additional information. The snook will be released monthly over a two-year period.