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Z-Man Fishing shows support for marine research

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Z-Man Chairman Jonathan Zucker assists UF biologists with sea trout otolith collection.

In another show of industry support for sustainability, Z-Man Fishing Products has announced funding support for marine research.

The South Carolina company is to support future fishery biologists at the University of Florida’s (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Nature Coast Biological Station.

It will help with funding for three Master of Science graduates, providing a stipend and full tuition for each student to conduct research on improving the sustainability and management of recreational fisheries. In addition, the UF/IFAS will provide matching funds to cover tuition costs.

“Over the years our chairman, Jonathan Zucker, and I have both played active roles in fishery projects,” said Z-Man President, Daniel Nussbaum. “We are big fans of fishery scientists and the crucial work they do to sustain quality fishing opportunities. We plan to stay perpetually involved in fishery research and conservation projects.”

One of the students already selected is William Wolfson, who met Jonathan and Daniel at this year’s ICAST show. “Will’s doing exciting and important work by looking at ways to develop new hook designs that increase post-release fish survival,” said Professor Michael S. Allen, professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences and director of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

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