This year we will be hosting our Owner’s Tournament during November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2023 on Florida’s Nature Coast at the Plantation on Crystal River. The Plantation on Crystal River is located at 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429.
Plantation on Crystal River is known for its great fishing while being surrounded by lush Florida nature and thriving wildlife, adding to an eco-friendly getaway that sets itself apart from any other.
This year’s individual registration ($175.00) includes 1 entry to the weekend events, 1 event shirt and 1 dinner ticket. You can purchase additional event shirts and dinner tickets.
We’ll kick off this exciting fun-filled two-day event on Friday the 8th with a welcome gathering that includes refreshing cocktails and appetizers. Afterward, the captain’s meeting will be held to go over the tournament rules and any questions.
Friday 3rd- 4pm – 6pm Captain’s Meeting with drinks and appetizers
Saturday 4th- Fishing 7am – 3pm, Check-in then on your own to enjoy local hospitality
David Wirth will be creating the awards this year displaying his unique design and artistry.
The resort offers a boat ramp with trailer parking exclusively for its guests, and slips available at the resort for those wishing to keep their boat in the water. We have arranged a special rate with the Plantation on Crystal River on a block of rooms.
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At the end of last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of Ryan Atwood, Ronald Howse, and Jon “Chris” Peterson to the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Atwood, of Mount Dora, is the Owner of Atwood Family Farms and H&A Farms. He is the former President of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association and serves on the Florida Fruits and Vegetable Association Board of Directors. Atwood earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in forest genetics from the University of Florida.
Howse, of Cocoa, is the President and Founder of Real Deal Development Group and HOWSECO, LLC. He currently serves on the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees and the Florida Transportation Commission. Howse earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Peterson, of Winter Park, is the President of Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Inc. He is a board member of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and a legacy partner of Captains for Clean Water. Peterson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
The Cowford is a tournament to highlight the pristine spartina estuaries of the Lower St. Johns River, now increasingly threatened by needless industrial expansion, sedimentation, over-development along the river’s banks and excess nutrient loading from a multitude of sources upstream.
We hope that by participating in the Cowford, you too will develop a relationship to the estuaries of the Lower St. Johns and, regardless of origin, help to protect and preserve this incredible resource for generations to come.
Giving Back to the Guides Who Represent the Industry
It’s baaaaack… Join us for the 2023 Captains for Clean Water Guide Rendezvous! Gather together with the top fishing guides and brands in the industry for a few days of camaraderie, good food, cold drinks, and no shortage of “big fish” stories.
The schedule will be stacked with discussions led by industry and conservation professionals about growing your charter business and protecting the resources on which your business relies. Test your abilities against other guides in the infamous “Guide Games” and stock up on discounted products from sponsor brands during the Super Sale.
With three Florida events to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out! Register below.
For any questions please contact Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captains for Clean Water is hosting three Guide Rendezvous events in 2023 around the state. You’re invited to attend as many as you like!
Join us for the Hell’s Bay Boatworks Lowcountry Owner’s Tournament held in Charleston during September 22nd – 24th 2023. This year’s tournament kick-off party will be hosted at Rivers & Glen Trading Co. in Mt. Pleasant.
The shop is located at, 122 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Your individual tournament registration ($150.00) includes Friday night event, 1 tournament entry, 1 tournament bag and 1 Saturday night dinner ticket. You can purchase additional shirt and awards dinner tickets.
We’ll kick off this exciting fun-filled event on Friday the 22nd around 5:00pm with the check-in party at Rivers & Glen Trading Co. We will have Special Ops Events handle our catering with a traditional oyster roast, appetizers and drinks. The captain’s meeting will be held at 6:00pm to go over the tournament rules and any questions.
Categories may include total 3 longest redfish, most spots, and maybe a Sheepshead on fly award. For those that only throw artificial and or fly, a multiplier will be factored in.
The tournament starts on Sunday morning of the 24rd. After the tournament fishing day we will conclude with celebratory drinks, catered dinner, and awards ceremony at the Sweetgrass Pavilion at Mt. Pleasant’s Waterfront Park. Located at 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 294
If you have any questions, please email Al Keller at: email@example.com
Sunday- September 24th, 2023 7:00 am – Lines in 3:00 pm – Lines out 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Team Check-in and Scoring 6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner and Awards Banquet at Sweetgrass Pavilion at Mt. Pleasant’s Waterfront Park
Florida finalizes clean-water bill and secures over $625 Million for Everglades restoration, water quality.
At the Pelican Yacht Club on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce earlier today, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced House Bill 1379 and signed more than $625 Million in state funding for Everglades restoration and water-quality improvement projects.
Signed in 2000 to be a 50/50 cost-share investment between the state and federal governments, Everglades restoration is a monumental ecosystem restoration project designed to revive a struggling American treasure and help resolve south-Florida’s water-quality crisis.
The decades-old effort comes with a myriad of ecological and economic benefits, but the decades of work remaining hinges on continued annual funding from both Tallahassee and Washington D.C.
$625 Million designated this year by the state of Florida under the 2023 annual appropriations budget keeps the state’s investment on track with the record pace of recent years. (The federal investment in Everglades restoration for 2023 is still going through the annual appropriations process and won’t be finalized until later this year.)
House Bill 1379 to improve Florida’s waters
The new legislation, House Bill 1379, establishes comprehensive environmental protections largely focused on improving Florida’s water quality through reducing nutrient pollution.
Nutrient pollution from a variety of sources (stormwater, agricultural runoff, sewage and septic, etc.) can be extremely detrimental to the health of Florida’s waterways, fueling harmful algal blooms, like red tide and blue-green algae, and degrading essential habitat, like seagrasses.
This new measure seeks to reduce nutrient pollution into key waterbodies through enhanced protections, expanded wastewater initiatives, and stronger Basin Management Action Plans.
Basin Management Action Plans, or BMAPs, are “comprehensive set[s] of site-specific strategies to reduce or eliminate pollutant loadings and restore particular waterbodies to health.”
Basically, BMAPs are long-term efforts to restore impaired waterways by reducing pollution, such as nutrient pollution, from entering the system.
They rely on a broad range of solutions, such as Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), Wastewater/Stormwater infrastructure improvements, and land acquisition/conservation, to reduce excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus.
Many waterbodies throughout Florida have BMAPs designed specifically to improve their watershed, including the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers, Lake Okeechobee, and the Indian River Lagoon.
HB 1379 calls on strengthening BMAPs by more specifically identifying and listing individual projects for implementation that will help reduce nutrient pollution to meet 5-year reduction milestones.
Saving the Indian River Lagoon
The bill also establishes a greater focus on restoring the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a federally recognized Estuary of National Significance that stretches 150 miles along Florida’s east coast.
The IRL is one of the most biodiverse estuaries on the planet, but in recent decades, repeated harmful algal blooms fueled by excess nutrients have led to the loss of more than half of the estuary’s seagrasses, foundational to a healthy ecosystem.
HB 1379 creates the IRL Protection Program, which focuses on expanded water-quality monitoring efforts, allocates $100 million in funding for water-quality improvement projects, and establishes new requirements and prohibitions on septic systems within the IRL watershed.
Aging and failing septic tanks can be a particular problem in some areas of the IRL, leaching excess nutrients into the lagoon system.
HB 1379 will prohibit installation of new septic tanks where central sewer is available and require existing septic systems to connect to central sewer or upgrade to enhanced nutrient-reducing systems by 2030.
The bill also secures $100 million for “water quality projects to benefit the IRL,” and requires BMAPs for the Indian River Lagoon to be updated every 5 years.
Another goal of the bill is to continue upgrading the state’s wastewater infrastructure under the newly created Water-Quality Improvement Grant Program, which replaces and expands on the original wastewater grant program and has $200 million in funding for eligible projects statewide.
Other provisions from the bill include statewide efforts to improve local government long-term comprehensive plans and measures to expedite the state’s land conservation efforts through the Florida Forever program.
To learn more about House Bill 1379, check out FDEP’s informational page on the legislation.