The Destin History and Fishing Museum is close to its goal of collecting 100 fish mounts by the end of the year. Project 100 Fish Mounts is an initiative to expand the museum’s fish mounts collection and help educate visitors.

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The Destin History and Fishing Museum is close to its goal of collecting 100 fish mounts by the end of the year.

Project 100 Fish Mounts is an initiative to expand the museum’s fish mounts collection and help educate visitors.

“We have 78 mounts already and would love to have a mount of all of the fish that typically get caught at the (Destin Fishing) Rodeo,” said Kathy Marler Blue, the museum’s executive director.

Blue is asking the community to donate any fish mounts they might not want. High priority mounts are Almaco Jack, barrelfish, bearded brotula and vermilion snapper. A list of wanted mounts is available at www.destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org/.

“If you have a mount from our wish list to donate, tell us the story behind the fish and we will give it a new home here at the museum,” she said.

Blue said the mounts are great teaching tools for visitors. Many people don’t know exactly how big and colorful the fish can be.

“We want to house the largest collection of locally caught fish,” she said.

Helping the museum’s initiative, Bass Pro Shop donated 10 mounts a couple years ago and helped build a coral reef exhibit.

“I was so excited to create that exhibit. I never made a reef before,” said Heather Eden, Bass Pro Shops’ merchandise specialist and visual lead. "Just coming up with those mounts was tough, but we got them and made them look beautiful.”

Eden said she has asked corporate to see if they have any additional fish mounts from the museum's wish list at their warehouses.

“Whatever we have available we will send them out and donate it to the museum,” she said. “If the museum asks me to help with another exhibit with fish mounts, I would do it in a heartbeat.”