This October, the Everglades Foundation was proud to support the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Saltwater Media Summit in Cape Coral, Florida. Founded by two fishermen in Florida Bay, the Foundation knows Everglades restoration is vital to preserving fishing, hunting and recreation in Florida.
Anglers and the media had the chance to engage Florida’s Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Army Corps Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, and scores of other experts on how to advance policies to manage healthy fisheries in the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico.
Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg kicked off the festivities highlighting the $8 billion in economic benefits from fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and noting the important fishery improvements that could be achieved through the Caloosahatchee C-43 project funding, endorsed by both TRCP and the Everglades Foundation for funding from penalties generated by the BP Oil spill in 2010 through the RESTORE Act.
Eikenberg noted that the Everglades supplied water to 8 million Floridians, nearly half the state’s population. “Water is the new oil, we have to ensure that we have a good, clean supply.”