Discover the Fishing Heritage of Tampa Bay!

What: A Salty Heritage: Celebrating the Fishing History of Tampa Bayhubbards-marina-old-school-photos-tampa-bay-deep-sea-fishing-madeira-beach-florida-1

When: Saturday, December 3

Where: Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

About: Tampa Bay has a rich heritage as a fishing community. To celebrate Sea Grant’s 50th Anniversary, we are holding a Marine Science Open Classroom (10 am – 12 pm) that will be fun for the whole family! Then we’ll have cake and refreshments in the lobby (12 – 1 pm), and will proudly finish the day by hosting some of the saltiest fishermen in the bay for an open panel discussion (1 – 3 pm) with the audience! Invited panelists range from crabbers, spearfishers, wholesalers, and recreational and commercial anglers. Each speaker will tell tales from the past, provide insights into their profession, and give us a glimpse of what they see as they look to the future. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

We hope that you will join us for part (or all) of the day to learn about the resources Tampa Bay provides to our community.

Here are the Details….

Marine Science Open Classroom: 10 am – 12 pm

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Marine and Coastal Fun for the whole Family! Youth and their parents are invited to explore marine investigation stations in the Weedon Island classroom. Each station will be interactive and allow kids to explore microscopes, cast nets, fish printing and more! Bring a blank t-shirt or tote bag to make a commemorative keepsake. Come and go as you please anytime between 10am and 12pm. This program is intended for youth ages 4-12 years old and their families.
Anniversary Reception: 12 pm – 1 pm

Cake and Refreshments will be served in the lobby. No Registration Required.
Fisheries Heritage Panel: 1 pm – 3 pm hubbards-marina-old-school-photos-tampa-bay-deep-sea-fishing-madeira-beach-florida-1

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The program will highlight the bounty and diversity of fishing opportunities within the Tampa Bay region, both past and present. Panelists will include commercial and recreational fishermen from a variety of sectors. They will share historic context, salty stories, insights into their industries, and what they see as they look to the future. Esteemed Panelists Include: Bobby and Dawn Aylesworth, Bait Wholesalers; Larry Borden, Commercial and Recreational Fisherman; Jason DeLaCruz, Seafood Industry Leader; Gus Muench, Commercial Crabber; John Stevely, Florida Sea Grant Fisheries Agent Emeritus. Additional Speakers TBA.
More information on the history and success of Sea Grant: click to watch a 30 second video: – or if you have time, a 10 minute video:


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Posted: November 30, 2016

Category: 4-H & Youth, Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Fisheries, Fishing, Heritage, History, Marine Science, Sea Grant, Tampa Bay, Working Waterfronts

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