Coastal Conservation Association Florida to restock redfish in Okaloosa County

Northwest Florida Daily News/USA TODAY NETWORK

NICEVILLE — A donation by a private party to Coastal Conservation Association Florida (CCA Florida) will lead to the first redfish restocking initiative in Choctawhatchee Bay basin.

A public redfish restocking event is scheduled for noon Tuesday, March 29, at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.

Because of the $25,000 donation to CCA Florida, the Coastal Resource Team of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Department, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism will help bring 10,000 juvenile redfish between 4 and 8 inches long to the area.

The release will be at noon March 29 from the shore at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park off State Road 20 just east of Niceville.

“The release is a beneficial project for the health of the Choctawhatchee Bay area fisheries, and we are fortunate to have CCA Florida as a meaningful partner in this conservation effort,” said Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mel Ponder.

CCA Florida invites the public, community partners and media to be a part of the fish release. Children are encouraged to attend.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the release should wear athletic attire and water shoes.

Contact Amanda Krpan for more details at or view the Save the Date flier at 

The date, time and location are subject to change.

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