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Spawning success saves Shoal bass

| Brian Lester

Tucked away in rural Santa Rosa County within the Blackwater River Forest sits an operation that has been critical to recovery efforts of the Chipola River Shoal Bass population.

In existence for 80 years, the nearly 600-acre Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center in Holt has been at the center of helping to revive a species of fish that was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018.


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