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Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum


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Join us for the Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum on Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 6 – 8 pm.

Presentation by Thomas Ries

Presentation title: Lost River Preserve - Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project

This ARRA funded project restored over 70 acres of land and enhanced the adjacent coastal ecotones. It is located in Ruskin Florida and is adjacent to the Cockroach Bay ELAPP parcel. This former aquaculture farm had over 200 dug fish ponds that were abandoned for over 30 years and became infested with non-native vegetation; and it is functioning as a nursery for juvenile fish. An overview of the restoration effort along with the results of an extensive post restoration USF lead research effort will be provided.

Tom is a nationally known ecologist with more than 35 years of experience in restoring natural systems in the southeast. His work has garnered numerous environmental awards, and resulted in the restoration of more than 2,600 acres of wetlands. In 2013, Tom received the prestigious National Wetlands Award in Conservation & Restoration from the Environmental Law Institute, in Washington DC. Tom founded Ecosphere Restoration Institute in 2007 to advance restoration activities through innovative public-private partnerships. He has been a partner at Scheda Ecological Associates since 1997, and currently serves as Southeast Biological Services and Restoration Director for Environmental Science Associates (ESA), an environmental science and planning firm with offices throughout the U.S.

Location: Mote Marine Laboratory WAVE Center 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.