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16,000 redfish to be released along Florida coast to help repopulate after red tide

Posted: 12:23 PM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 08:58:10Z
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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Duke Energy is donating more than 16,000 redfish from their hatcheries to the Coastal Conservation Association to help restock coastal waters after the devastating amount of fish killed during Florida's red tide.

"Red tide was devastating to all of these areas. Redfish and snook perished in large numbers so we’re doing what we can to give back and help restock those populations," sat Brian Gorski with the Coastal Conservation Association

More than 2,000 juvenile and adult redfish were released in Pasco County this week and it's the first of seven releases along Florida's southwest coast.

"That’s going to be a lot of fish for us to catch in the future," said fisherman John Mulliken.

The Duke Energy and Coastal Conservation Association joined forces to address the loss to the redfish population on the southwest coast as a result of red tide and announced the program in the Fall of 2018.

They plan to release fish along the coast of seven more bay area counties in the next few weeks.