CORTEZ - Manatee County's historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the "Ultimate Fishing Town."
Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks' Ultimate Fishing Town contest, putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000.
"I just think Cortez is coming into its own," Karen Bell said. "People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing."
Bell, a manager at the family-run A.P. BellFishing Co., attributes the increased attention Cortez and similar fishing communities have gained to television shows such as Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna."
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National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14
In this episode:
NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first
NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.