Sarasota Bay anglers: Your knowledge can help our fisheries thrive. On Feb. 5, join local marine researchers for the second meeting of the Sarasota Bay Fisheries Forum — an independent, community-based discussion geared toward informing fisheries management and science.

The meeting is free for participants and takes place from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 on the 3rd floor of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Keating Marine Education Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, Sarasota. The meeting is geared toward anglers but open to anyone interested in the future of local fisheries.

RSVP is required by Feb. 2. Contact Vicki Wiese 941-388-4441, ext. 172 or

(Additional meeting details expected to be available within a week.)

*Snook image credit: Rachel O’Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune