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FishAmerica and FLW Championship Benefit Alabama

FishAmerica and FLW Championship Benefit Alabama

Armed with a $10,500 grant from the FishAmerica Foundation, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries will have a chance to reburbish a program that is responsible for making Alabama waters like Logan-Martin Lake a priority stop for bass anglers all across the country.  The funds will help the Division replace outdated equipment and supplies at the Marion State Fish Hatchery; equipment vital to the state’s efficient and successful Florida largemouth bass stocking plan. 


Mr. Damon Abernethy, Reservoir Biologist for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division receives a check from Mr. Jeff Bloem, FishAmerica.  The FLW Outdoors and the National Guard have each donated $5,000 through FishAmerica to help restore fisheries populations.  Anglers visiting the championship donated another $500.

The state will replace a broken and outdated electronic black bass fry counter that has been used for years to stock the waters of Alabama, including 15,000-acre Logan-Martin Lake.  Fry counters ensure an optimum number of Florida-strain largemouth bass fry is placed into each grow-out pond to maximize growth and survival while efficiently using the limited pond space.  The Division will also replace the aerators in the grow-out ponds to maintain high concentrations of dissolved oxygen and allow greater fish production capabilities.  A portion of funding may be utilized to support the stocking initiative at a designated location within Logan-Martin Lake.

During the 1980s, Alabama’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries initiated a Florida-strain largemouth bass stocking strategy that successfully introduced Florida genes into the largemouth bass population on several Alabama reservoirs.  This unique stocking strategy involves selecting an isolated area of the reservoir and inundating it with high densities of Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings over a period of several years.  The approach is more successful than the traditional stocking of lower densities throughout the entire reservoir.  In Spring 2007, the state will initiate the first of several stocking cycles on Logan-Martin Lake.  However, much of the equipment at the Marion State Fish Hatchery is either in poor or inoperative condition, reducing the efficiency of the operation as well as the number of fingerlings reared at the facility and stocked into Logan Martin Lake

In association with the recent Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship stop at Logan-Martin Lake in Birmingham, Alabama on August 2-5, FLW Outdoors and the National Guard have each donated $5,000 through FishAmerica to help restore fisheries populations in Logan-Martin Lake.  Proceeds from the “It’s My World” wristband campaign sponsored by FishAmerica, FLW Outdoors, and BP-Castrol will provide additional funding to the project.


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