This, from Palm Beach County:
To collect fisheries information about the county’s largest estuary, Palm Beach County and its partners in the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative will hold the second annual Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, from May 26 through July 9. The initiative is collaborating with the Snook & Gamefish Foundation and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club to host the challenge as a fun citizen science contest.
Participating is easy and free. Interested anglers can register online, then log the fish they catch using a free downloadable app for their mobile device or by signing into their online account. By taking photos of their catches in the lagoon and reporting them as part of the challenge, anglers will contribute valuable data that could steer future lagoon habitat restoration and will be eligible for awards.
“It was so exciting to see a number of kids participating in this event last year and seeing parents utilizing this opportunity to get their families outdoors,” said Rob Robbins, director of Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM). “By sharing details about the fish being caught in the lagoon, participants will help us better understand this local treasure that we are working hard to protect, restore and enhance.”
Approximately 20 miles long and a half-mile wide, Lake Worth Lagoon extends from North Palm Beach to Ocean Ridge. The estuary is home to a variety of fish species and offers many fishing spots accessible from land or by boat.
The Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge is open to anglers five years of age and older. Entries can be submitted throughout the six-week challenge. For more information about the challenge, including how to register and prize details, visit www.LWLI.org/FishingChallenge or contact ERM at (561)233-2400 or at ERM-FishingChallenge@pbcgov.org.