Aerators Triple the Output of Port Manatee Hatchery

Posted Wednesday May 31, 2017 by wf_admin

Populations of Red drum off Florida’s coast received a boost thanks to support provided by Wildlife Forever to the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida. Aerators, purchased with support from Wildlife Forever and the FishAmerica Foundation, were installed in the fish rearing ponds at the Port Manatee Stock Enhancement Research Facility. The aerators are used to dissolve atmospheric oxygen into the water in the ponds. The use of the aerators has helped to triple the density of the fish in the ponds, increasing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the stocking program. Thanks to the support of Wildlife Forever, anglers will find improved fishing opportunities in Florida’s salt waters.