Alexandria, VA — The FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve fishing access to summer flounder.
The foundation’s grant will be leveraged with $50,000 in additional matching funds from other organizations and agencies. The grant will be used to advance research in sex-specific fishing mortality of summer flounder. This research will result in the development of a sex-specific stock assessment model instrumental in promoting better management of, and equitable access to, summer flounder stock for all anglers.
“The FishAmerica Foundation is proud to support SSFFF on their initiative to advance fisheries science and promote improved fishing access to summer flounder for those who enjoy it and depend on its survival,” said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). “The recent decision by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to significantly cut the summer flounder recreational harvest in 2016 makes this all the more important.”
As ASA’s research and conservation foundation, the FishAmerica Foundation empowers local communities to invest in improving sportfishing opportunities and habitat conservation through matching funding and volunteer support.
For more than thirty years, the foundation has supported fisheries research and has invested in numerous sportfish restoration projects. Working hand-in-hand with state and local agencies and conservation groups, the foundation has successfully restored fisheries habitat, improved water quality and improved sportfishing opportunities across the nation.
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