Sustaining a ‘Fisherman’s Paradise’

UM Scientist Jerry Ault Discusses South Florida’s Fisheries at NCH

permit Photo Credit: Jiangang Luo

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. — Florida is a fisherman's paradise. Our state offers world-class fishing for largemouth bass in the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee; bay fishing for spotted seatrout, redfish, and snook; flats fishing for bonefish and tarpon; and billfish, tuna, dolphinfish and wahoo offshore along the west Florida shelf and the Keys. Long-time residents will tell you, however, that fishing today isn't what it once was.

The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science’s Sea Secrets lecture series returns to Naples with the second of three lectures: “Are South Florida’s Fisheries Sustainable?” Join Dr. Jerald Ault, author, professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries and director of the Bonefish & Tarpon Conservation Research Center at the University of Miami, as he discusses this dramatic shift and what is being done to restore Florida's sport fisheries today. Ault will speak on Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in NCH Healthcare Systems’ Robert L. & Marie K. Telford Building for Continuing Medical Education Auditorium (2nd floor) at the Downtown Naples Hospital Campus located at 350 7th Street North, Naples, Fla. A complimentary reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School and the NCH Healthcare System sponsor the Sea Secrets Naples lecture series. The Rosenstiel School designed this series of evening programs specifically for the South Florida non-scientific community to learn more about our blue planet and to meet distinguished scientists and explorers from around the world.

All Sea Secrets events are free and open to the public; however seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. to Carla Lovinsky at (305) 421-4061 or

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940’s, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

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UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
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UM Media Relations Office

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