|[May 16, 2017]
CCA Florida Star Event Focuses on Conservation and Public Education
The largest family-friendly saltwater fishing competition in Florida -
CCA Florida STAR, presented by Yamaha (News - Alert) - will kick-off on Saturday, May
27 and unlike traditional fishing tournaments, focuses on conservation.
With up to $500,000 in prizes and scholarships, the organization is
using the social media-based, 101-day event to educate the public on the
importance of protecting Florida's marine resources.
Recognized as a 'catch, photo and release' competition, STAR's (News - Alert) smart
phone app eliminates the requirement for anglers to harvest or capture
and transport fish. Registered anglers submit a photo of their catch on
a free official measuring device via the app, directly from the boat,
dock, or ramp. Once photographed, catches may be immediately released
back into their natural habitat.
"Our state's natural resources and fisheries are here for our enjoyment,
and we understand that smart fishing will preserve these resources for
the future," said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida Executive Director. "The
STAR event is a fantastic way to provide a fun competition with amazing
prizes, protect our fish populations and generate critical data for
research in the process."
The event's Conservation Division is designed to reward anglers
that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released, no
matter what species or size. The conservation community and
organizations like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Snook and
Game Fish Foundation, University of Florida and others use the data to
make science-based decisions on habitat management, stock assessment and
other relevant issues.
In STAR's Signature Division, officials will release an average
of four tagged redfish per coastal county throughout Florida. Registered
adult anglers catching the first six tagged redfish, and using the STAR
app to record their catch, are eligible for their choice of prizes
including a new GMC Sierra Pickup or one of several Yamaha-powered boat
packages including a Contender 22 Sport, Pathfinder 2200TRS, Maverick
HPX-S, Sea Hunt 225 Ultra or the Carolin Skiff (News - Alert) 21 Sport & Fish. Youth
anglers will be eligible to participate in the tagged redfish division
with the first two winners taking home a Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC
powered by a 40hp Yamaha and a Road King trailer.
"Yamaha's sponsorship of Florida STAR further underscores our commitment
to the conservation of U.S. coastal waterways and also expands our
saltwater tournament support efforts," said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine
Group Marketing Division Manager. "This tournament is unique as it opens
the field to all saltwater anglers while simultaneously working to
collect scientific data that can help to rewrite the rules currently
governing our coastal waters."
A new division to the 2017 STAR event, the Costa Kick Plastic Trash
Division rewards participants who gather trash and debris from
waterways and submit a photo entry with the 2017 free official measuring
device. As with other divisions, participants will be eligible for a
random drawing at the end of the 101-days of STAR for a $500 cash prize.
Other divisions include Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional
Guides. Eligible species are spotted seatrout, snook, sheepshead,
non-tagged redfish, cobia, dolphin (mahi mahi) and kingfish. Division
winners are determined by a random drawing, a format that encourages
participants of all ages to protect and conserve Florida's fisheries for
future generations. The STAR Youth Scholarship Division offers
the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000. The
event officially runs from May 27 (Memorial Day) to September 4 (Labor
Day) at 5 p.m.
In 2016, over 5,000 anglers registered for STAR. More than 150 tagged
redfish were released throughout the state's coastal waters, with more
than 20 caught and submitted via the app. For more information on STAR,
or to register, visit our Facebook
page or ccaflstar.com.
About CCA Florida
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) was founded in 1977 after
drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish
and speckled trout populations. One of 19 state chapters, CCA
Florida became the fifth state chapter in 1985. A 501(c)3
non-profit, the purpose of CCA is to advise and educate the public on
conservation of marine resources. Through habitat restoration
projects, water quality initiatives and fisheries advocacy, CCA Florida
works with its over 17,000 members including recreational anglers and
outdoor enthusiasts to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal
environments. Join the conversation on Facebook
or learn more at ccaflorida.org.
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