Midlands Striper Club donates $6000 to DNR
Midlands Striper Club formally donated nearly $6000 on April 16 to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The $5,890.42 will fund an oxygenation system for the striped bass fingerling stocking transport truck to help ensure fingerling survivability. Midlands Striper Club's President, Cam Littlejohn of Columbia, presented a mock check during the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) monthly board meeting in Columbia.
Midlands Striper Club, founded in 1979, is celebrating its 31st year and is one of the oldest striped bass fishing organizations in the country. Since 2001, the club's nearly 200 members have donated over $32,000 to DNR for striped bass research and stock enhancements in the Palmetto State.
Some of the funds donated to DNR over the years by Midlands Striper Club include:
Striped bass fingerlings require excellent water quality and their health will quickly deteriorate under stress or degradation of water quality. DNR's 1000 gallon hauling tank routinely moves from 200,000 to 300,000 fish per trip. A dip in oxygen resulting in mortality on the hauling truck is costly both in terms of the production loss and the loss to the resource when fewer fish are stocked. An automatic active oxygen monitoring and regulating system will help prevent situations of excess mortality.
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