Charter Captains Invited to Provide Input

January 31, 2017

Media Contact:

Lisa Symons


Blue Angler Program

Blue Star Program

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is working with charter fishing operators to develop a voluntary education and recognition program. This Blue Angler program may be modeled after the sanctuary’s Blue Star program that recognizes dive and snorkel operators who employ best practices for sustainable use of sanctuary resources.

The Sanctuary Advisory Council Working Group for Recreational-Charter Fishing is hosting a series of regional public interest meetings to facilitate information exchange and solicit input from the charter fishing community on best practices to include and incentives to participate. Florida Keys charter captains are invited to participate and provide input at these meetings.

WHAT: Public Interest Meetings for Charter Fishing Recognition Program

Wednesday, Feb.1, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
City of Marathon Council Chambers
9805 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library – Islamorada
81830 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

Key West
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 E. Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040

WHO: Charter captains and all interested persons 16 years of age and older

For more information, contact Nicole Uibel at 305-809-4711 or

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