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Z-Man pledges support of essential marine research

For the people behind the fish-catching baits at Z-Man Fishing Products, taking caring of the fish and their habitat has always been a primary priority.

Highlighting its pledge to protect natural resources, Z-Man will support the future fishery biologists at the University of Florida (UF).

The leading-edge tackle company will provide paid assistantships for three graduate students at the university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key, Florida. Each graduate assistantship will provide a salary and full tuition for a Master of Science student to conduct research focusing on improving the sustainability and management of recreational fisheries.

Z-Man president Daniel Nussbaum said, “Over the years, Z-Man chairman Jonathan Zucker and I have both played active roles in fishery projects. We’re big fans of fishery scientists and the critical work they do to sustain quality fishing opportunities.”

Professor Micheal S. Allen, professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences and director of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, says the first graduate student has already been selected.

“William Wolfson is passionate angler who met Jonathan and Daniel from Z-Man at this year’s ICAST show. Will’s doing exciting and important work; looking at ways to develop new hook designs that increase post-release fish survival – red drum, sea trout and snook, in particular.”

Daniel said, “Naturally, we’re thrilled to be supporting graduate students who are passionate about the long-term sustainability of our sport. Preserving key habitat areas such as Florida’s Nature Coast is vital and so is research like Will Wolfson’s, who is applying intelligent science to catch-and-release oriented fish hook designs.”

Jonathan said “Along with the entire Z-Man team, my family and I are thrilled to support this initiative. We especially welcome the opportunity to join in support of UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, which ultimately benefits all recreational anglers – as well as the health of our business.”


Author: John Hunter

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