“Challenge” to help Lake Worth Lagoon

The new South Cove Natural Area along West Palm Beach's waterfront on May 8, 2013. The county, along with Florida Inland Navigation District and the Lake Worth Lagoon Partnership Program, covered the costs for the $3.5 million project. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
The new South Cove Natural Area along West Palm Beach’s waterfront on May 8, 2013. The county, along with Florida Inland Navigation District and the Lake Worth Lagoon Partnership Program, covered the costs for the $3.5 million project. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

spt snook islands 1.jpgLake Worth Lagon Logo ColorTo collect fisheries information about the county’s largest estuary, Palm Beach County and its partners in the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative will hold the first-ever Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge in June.

The lagoon, about 20 miles long and a half-mile wide, extends from North Palm Beach to Ocean Ridge and is home to a variety of fish species.

The Initiative is collaborating with the Snook and Gamefish Foundation and the West Palm Beach Fishing Club to host the challenge as a fun citizen science contest.

Participants register online, then log the fish they catch and release, using a free downloadable app for their mobile device or by signing into their online account. Participants also are urged to photograph their catches.

Information gathered will help steer future lagoon habitat restoration and participants will be eligible for awards, including coolers and rod-and-reel combos.

Participants must be at least five years old. Entries can be submitted throughout June, but must be made by midnight June 30.

For more, visit www.LWLI.org/FishingChallenge or contact Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management at  (561)233-2400 or at ERM-FishingChallenge@pbcgov.org.

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