6th Annual Tri-County Lines in the Lagoon Fishing Tournament
Saturday, September 28, 2019
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019)
Indian River, St. Lucie and Brevard County
Early Registration: April 12, 2019 - August 1, 2019 Fee: $20.00
Regular Registration: August 1, 2019 Fee: $30.00
Slots are limited to the first 125 anglers
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
All participants must have wristband to enter event and have access to the buffet
Capt. Hiram's will donate $3.00 for every "Lines in the Lagoon" specialty drink purchased by all Capt. Hiram's patrons for the entire day.
Welcome to the Lines in the Lagoon Tri-County Junior Fishing Tournament
Our goal is to raise awareness about the health of our endangered Indian River Lagoon. This tournament brings together young people who are passionate about making our waterways clean and safe for all marine life. By drawing attention to this urgent cause, then we might truly make a difference in saving the Indian River Lagoon for future generations.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Lines in the Lagoon is a fishing tournament planned by and created for youth. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the decline of the health of the Indian River Lagoon and to give area youth a way to be involved,
to be part of the solution to help save it.
This annual event is open to all the youth in the community and will hopefully help educate participants about sport fishing as well as the lagoon in a fun atmosphere.
At the end of tournament, prizes will be awarded at a FUN casual dinner (dress: flip-flops and shorts). The dinner and other fun activities will be held at:
Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian.
A SPECIAL PLACE
Because of its unique geographical location, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America and home to over 2100 species of plants and over 2200 species of animals. It provides habitat for the most diverse bird population anywhere in America and nearly one third of the nation’s manatees live or migrate through the lagoon annually.
It also serves as the spawning grounds for over 700 species of ocean and lagoon fish and shellfish populations. Ocean species of fish that spawn and mature in the Indian River Lagoon range as far north as the Chesapeake Bay.
The lagoon is an important economically as well. The total estimated annual economic value of the lagoon is $3.7 billion, supporting 15,000 full and part-time jobs and providing recreational opportunities for 11 million people per year.
THE LAGOON IS IN DECLINE
With no significant industry to blame, the documented decline of the Indian River Lagoon can be traced primarily to non point source pollution. Storm water runoff, sewage spills, leaky septic tanks, fertilizers and pesticides are just a few of the suspected sources of pollution.
Present day efforts to identify sources of pollution rely predomi- nately on hand sampling that only provides a snapshot of the area sampled. This information is then distributed to the public in formats that are often difficult for non-scientists to understand.
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)
ORCA is working to change the way information is obtained and presented. Monitoring and mapping pollution are the best ways for us to understand all of the attacks on our diverse water habitats so we can find the right solution for each environmental challenge. By using the science-based technologies, that ORCA has developed to identify pollutants, they can be controlled or eliminated and nature can be restored.
Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA Florida)
CCA is a conservation association working on behalf of recreational anglers and their interests. The organization supports many habitat restoration projects including the establishment of a marsh grass planting program that increased the frequency of the current mangrove planting projects in the Indian River Lagoon.
Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the help support the research ORCA is conducting in the Indian River Lagoon. All three organizations are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and contribution made for this event are tax deductible as allowed by law.