… as if that wasn’t enough, Florida is also recognized as the Fishing Capital of the world. From uplands to oceans, Florida’s natural resources support numerous multi-billion dollar industries, including eco-tourism and fishing that form the foundation of our State’s economy. How does Florida stack up? 7,700 lakes … 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals … Nearly 8,500 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Home to the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest barrier reef in the world. A combined 4 million salt and freshwater recreational anglers … a commercial fishing industry that brings in over 14 billion dollars in sales and over 72 thousand jobs. Make no mistake, this prosperity is dependent upon the conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources through scientific research, careful management, and collaborative partnerships among state and local agencies, universities, nonprofit and private fish and wildlife research institutes. Join the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Tampa August 20-24, 2017, and see for yourself what Florida has to offer.