FWC Chipola River video wins national award

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) video, FLOW: the Chipola River Story, received second place in the Association for Conservation Information’s “Video Long” award category. FLOW celebrates the charm of the Chipola River and the partnerships forged to protect it. The ACI’s annual awards contest recognizes excellence and promotes craft improvement through a national competition.

FLOW features International Game Fish Association Female Angler of the Year, Meredith McCord, and tells the conservation story of the Chipola River. This video recognizes the dedicated efforts of individuals and organizations such as the FWC, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (part of the National Fish Habitat Partnership), Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Chipola River is a spring-fed system in north Florida that features the only naturally reproducing population of shoal bass in the state. These bass are genetically unique and have a limited geographic range. Meredith McCord set line class world records for shoal bass and black crappie while filming FLOW, inspiring future conservation efforts.

Two trailers for the video and the full-length video can be viewed on the TrophyCatch YouTube channel:

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Full-length video

For more information about the Chipola River, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing/Freshwater, click on “Sites & Forecasts,” and “Northwest Region.”

View the entire list of ACI awards at ACI-net.org/Awards/.

Want to learn more about the Chipola? Make sure to grab a copy of the September 2018 edition of Florida Sportsman Magazine.

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