2014 RedSnook Tournament The RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament is a reminder of one of the treasures of our region - our waterways. Without clean and abundant supplies of water, recreational and sport fishing would be a thing of the past.The Conservancy of Southwest Florida began in 1964 when a group of community leaders came together to defeat a proposed “Road to Nowhere” that would have destroyed the beauty, tranquility and productivity of Rookery Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. Since then, the Conservancy protects our natural resources through science-based policy solutions to the pressing environmental issues of our region - our waters, our land, native wildlife and marine life.We believe that blue-green algae, red tide and polluted waterways are everyday reminders that all is not well in this paradise we love. We recognize that the quality of our environment is linked to our economic viability, recreation and enjoyment of all this area has to offer.Over the years, the RedSnook Tournament has helped support the water quality protection work of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, including:• Working with decision-makers to communicate and to understand the importance of clean water to ouroverall economy and quality of life.• Providing assistance and expertise to planned projects in order to minimize pollution – and in some casesactually enhance the quality of water that ultimately flows into our local waterways• Creating the “Estuaries Report Card” which rates the condition of our region’s vital waters every five yearsincluding recommendations for improving our overall water quality.• Working to limit the amount of pollution from the north that enters our beautiful bays and estuaries.• Researching and monitoring juvenile gamefish habitats to ensure abundant future fish populations.• Helping to restore natural water flows to the Western Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands.• Helping to protect environmental jewels such as Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress, Estero Bay, the Cocohatchee Slough and the Caloosahatchee River. Supporting the RedSnook Tournament supports our community! Clean Water! More Fish!