• Capt Blair Wiggins

IRL Clam Project Update

It's been a bit since we've last updated you on how the Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration Project was going, so here's a quick tally of what's been raised:

$18,417 Available

$15,000 Commitment from Fish American Federation

$33,417 Total to date

We've been working extensively with our local legislators to help fund this during the state session, and we've heard our request is in the budget. We were asked to submit our Clam Proposal again to the IRLNEP for grant funding, which was submitted last month by the FWC and University of Florida. We should have confirmation soon!!

Marine Biologists from Whitney Labs have been in the field several times to collect breeder clams and have begun to create a brood stock of the "super clams" to go back and filter the IRL. It's exciting news and we're all very excited about the activity and progress. Thank you!!

I've been working with the great folks at the Space Coast Office of Tourism as well as the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida to organize a Mogan Mania event to take place in Port Canaveral this Fall. I've been on the phone every day to make sure ANYONE who's in the fishing industry knows about it and makes themselves or their resources available. We're ironing out the details to lock in the dates, but as a rough window of time, we're looking at the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October to hold a weekend of fun, fishing, silent auction and fundraising for the Indian River Lagoon Clam Restoration Project. We'll definitely keep you posted!!

We're heading back to the Keys in this week's episode, for a replay of my Key West Slam "Conch Tales" with Capt. Brandon Cyr. We've received so many emails and feedback about this episode, and figured it was a good time for an encore airing. Fishing isn't always this good, but when it's on . . . it's on!! We caught this slam in one day, all before 2 p.m. I'll never forget it and will never get tired of watching this episode. Tune in tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Fox Sports Sun and check AF website out for replay days and times.

Until next week . . . tight lines,

Capt. Blair

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