|Published:||Oct 18, 2013 7:45 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 18, 2013 10:03 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, FL - More than 130 members of the American Sportfishing Association gathered at the Sanibel Harbor Resort to discuss the future of the sport. One of the major topics of discussion, the quality of water on the east and west coast of the state after numerous releases of fresh water from Lake Okechobee. Fresh water forces prize salt water fish out of estuaries and into deeper waters. In worse case senarios, it can cause fish kills and algae blooms."Sport fishing is a 7 billion dollar a year industry in the state of Florida", said ASA member and conservationist Jim Martin. The convention wraps up on Friday and members vow to lobby politicians to make Florida's water quality and the fresh water releases a top priority.