GCRL and CCA - a Productive Partnership
On December 8, 2012, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) once again provided live speckled trout for use as brood stock in GCRL's stock enhancement program. CCA conducted The Ernie Zimmerman Friends and Family Tournament on December 8, 2012 with GCRL employees on hand to answer questions and collect the live trout.
Thirty-two adults and seven children registered to fish and it was a beautiful day on the water. Although the fishing was not great, the anglers did manage to provide 50 fish to GCRL. Thanks go to Bay Marina for hosting the tournament, to Joe Castoro for cooking, to Ernie Zimmerman for organizing the tournament, and of course, to the anglers. Everyone had a great time and looks forward to the next tournament. The first place winner in the children's division was Hamp Fairey.
This unique tournament began with the desire to expand the Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative (SPEC) project to include speckled trout from the western portion of the Mississippi coast. The necessary brood stock were collected during the First Annual Ernie Zimmerman Friends and Family Live Catch Tournament in December, 2007. That first tournament collected ninety-six trout for the hatchery, with an additional ninety male trout subsequently collected.
In 2008, the first release in the Bay of St. Louis of approximately 40,000 fingerlings was split between the Merlin Necaise Ramp in Wolfe River and the Cedar Point Ramp at Jourdan River. These releases have increased each year, and to date more than 300,000 fingerlings have been released into local waters. The Mississippi Bay Chapter of CCA
made a $1300 donation to the hatchery in 2008 and followed up in 2012 with a $2500 donation. CCA's support in the form of brood stock and monetary donations is much appreciated, and GCRL hopes to continue fostering this wonderful relationship with CCA.
Reprinted from the GCRL January, 2013 Newsletter.