We Believe …
- We believe that a brighter future for all fisheries resources is in the hands of engaged and informed anglers. (William Mote, Founder Snook and Gamefish Foundation).
- We believe that the art and science of angling is a healthful and ethical occupation that can feed both the soul and the body and leads inevitably to a greater appreciation of and desire to conserve natural resources.
- We believe that fisheries should be managed on the basis of the best available scientific data, with full acknowledgement of the weight of unknowns and uncertainties.
- We believe that recreational anglers are indispensable partners in any aquatic resource conservation and management effort.
- We believe that stocks of fish in public waters are the common property of all people, and their stewardship is the privilege and responsibility of the citizens of the state with jurisdiction over those waters.
- We believe that fisheries management should consider not only stock assessments and their pertinent data regarding particular species or stocks, but also cultural and economic impacts of management decisions.
- We believe that management of coastal fisheries absolutely is concerned with the management of wetlands, shorelines, inland lakes and streams that provide freshwater inflows.
- We believe that every native species plays an important role in the circle of life and is essential for the completeness and sustainability of our ecosystems.
- We believe that management of any species must include management of all species and habitats upon which the target species depends, including its forage species and nursery habitats.
Bill Mote has passed on but his legacy lives. William R Mote established the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Florida in 1967. Since then, the laboratory has become world renown for its research and contributions to marine conservation. Mr. Mote's love and concern for the snook led him to establish the first successful culture program in 1996, and subsequently to authorize the establishment of the Snook Foundation in 1998. His vision for the foundation was for it to serve as a platform for anglers and conservationists to preserve, protect and enhance snook and game fish populations. Today, The Snook and Gamefish Foundation has many prominent contributors and supporters. Our primary service project, the Angler Action Program, has blossomed into the premier recreational angler data collection platform on the planet, with multiple partners and platforms. Through the AAP, SGF has given an unprecedented voice in the management of our fisheries.
If you would like to become involved or make a contribution, please join SGF today. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 561 707 8923.