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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:13AM

Nothing happens by itself

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Chain linked fences seperated protesters and the media from Fla. Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Joe Negron as they toured part of the St. Lucie River near Stuart, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, to access the environmental impact of water being released from Lake Okeechobee. He'll also discuss his concerns with the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance of the lake's dike system and possible future solutions to mitigating impact of the release(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

By Lee Anderson

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Nothing happens by itself. Well, you can argue that point, but I think in order for something to improve, you can’t just sit back and hope the matter takes care of itself.

The University of Florida recently held a workshop in Punta Gorda about snook. The point of the workshop was to discuss data about snook and assess what was going on with the local fishery. After all, before September, the season had been closed since the devastating freeze of 2010. Nobody at the workshop expected to leave knowing a “magical solution” was reached that would ensure a healthy snook population for all eternity. That’s just not possible. But they did leave knowing that there are people out there who care about the future of our Harbor. There were representatives from Mote Marine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida. We spoke about the problems of pollution and overfishing. We spoke about the difference of fishing for snook in the 1960s compared to today. The main point here is that we spoke.

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