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TO ENCOURAGE ANGLER DATA COLLECTION, THE SNOOK & GAMEFISH FOUNDATION AND FLORIDA WILDLIFE COMMISSION JOIN FORCES WITH GAUSE BOATS AND WEST MARINE - Press Conference on Thursday, February 16 at 11:30am in West Marine Booth

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (February 15, 2012)

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:30am, the Snook & Gamefish Foundation (SGF) will hold a press conference at the West Marine booth at Miami International Boat Show to announce a partnership with the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC), Gause-Built Boats and West Marine.  SGF Executive Director Rick Roberts, FWC Media Relations Coordinator Carli Segelson, FWC Public Information Officer Jorge Pino, SGF Chairman and West Marine Associate, Jim Bandy and David Gause will join forces to encourage anglers to participate in fishery data collection.

Anglers are invited to join SFG and participate in Angler Action by logging their fishing activities. In exchange for membership and Angler Action participation, anglers will receive a raffle ticket for a Gause Built skiff, complete with a Yamaha outboard and trailer, valued at more than $40,000.

The Gause skiff and information about Angler Action will be featured at select West Marine stores in Florida throughout the year and West Marine is providing reusable logging sheets for angler use.

SGF in partnership with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has seen steady growth of anglers participating in Angler Action as well as increased data applications. The goal of the Angler Action program is to assure the highest degree of trust and accuracy in data collected by anglers for the purposes of fishery research, assessment and management.

See www.snookfoundation.org for more details regarding the boat giveaway, or call Snook & Gamefish Foundation at (407) 302-5550.

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