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Everglades Needs Anglers For Round Up

DAVIE (CBSMiami/AP) — Anglers can cast their lines for a good cause this weekend in the Everglades.

The Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is hosting a “nonnative fish round-up” Saturday across South Florida. Biologists say nearly two dozen nonnative freshwater fish species call the Everglades home, which isn’t good for Florida’s native fish communities.

All anglers fishing the Everglades on Saturday can take part in the round up. Participants must register online by Friday at evergladescisma.org.

Prizes will be awarded, including a “slam” prize to the person who catches the most nonnative species.

The goal is to raise awareness about potential negative foreign fish have in Florida waters while encouraging anglers to target these nonnative species for food.

Information gathered during the round-up also will help biologists learn about nonnative fish distribution and abundance.

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