MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. --- From Sarasota Bay to Little Manatee River, Captain Scott Moore knows where the fish are biting.
Moore has been a fishing guide since 1979.
He’s had some of the biggest names in sports on his boat, from George Steinbrenner to Tony Dungy.
“Tony Dungy, let me tell you what a gentleman, he loves to fish,” said Moore.
Over the years, Moore realized if he was going to be taking people out fishing every day, he needed to focus on more than just recreation.
“Back then, we didn’t have the water quality problems we have today, its caught up to us in this state,” said Moore. “You got to educate people, you have people moving here every day, they have no clue.”
Moore’s preservation and conservation efforts have spanned across numerous organizations. He’s most proud of his work with the Coastal Conservation Association.
“Our water is the most important thing in the state of Florida, whether it’s fresh water or salt water, and you want to make sure that that water is clean and protected,” said Moore.
This month, Moore is being recognized for his efforts. He's being inducted into the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame.
“Everyone thinks are you a tomato farmer? Are you raising cattle,” joked Moore upon receiving the news.
Moore said the hall of fame recognition is an honor, but the work he’s doing is a necessity.
“I want my grandchildren to be able to come out here and be able to catch trout and red fish, it’s very important,” said Moore.