The Slow Death Of Florida’s Fisheries: State Of Denial

By: Joseph Simonds on February 15, 2019

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This is powerful!

The teaser for, “State of Denial,” a documentary exposing the effects of pollution in Florida waters was just released and it’s definitely going to stir up some emotions.

Director Clay Edmund Kraski and his team are creating this documentary to bring awareness to the short- and long-term effects of multifocal pollution.

To sum it up, here’s a quote from the teaser:

“The state is not studying this stuff. The state will not test…to test it is to discover, and to discover is to have to do something.”

Check out the trailer below:

State of Denial Teaser [VIDEO]

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This is some heavy stuff!

Really looking forward to the final documentary and what changes come of it.

Putting together a documentary like this isn’t cheap, and they’ve created a gofundme for the project, which can be found at the link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/state-of-denial

By supporting this documentary and their mission, we can take another step towards a safer, cleaner future.

What do you guys think about this documentary?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Lara DeLorenzo-Sims
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There is an algae scientist from Florida, Garrett Stuart, who has some solutions. I like him because he does not just blame certain people or corporations, but he has viable solutions that we all can take part in, to help fix the water pollution problems. He is the the guy at the front of The Eco Preservation Project. We need to work together to save our water quality. It is good to make people aware of the problems, but more important to take action to help fix the problems.

TOBY SORRELS
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It left me sad and grieved at the loss of so many natural resources of this State. I’ve lived in Florida for 57 years. It doesn’t take an advanced scientific degree to objectively observe the damage and loss because of mismanagement. The trailer was powerful, but I agree with another commenter that it was slightly sensationalized. It was well-intentioned to focus on the impact that the mismanagement has on people too, but facts are needed, not predominantly emotional responses of people impacted. The story needs to include hard-hitting facts with referenced data sources and evidence to be credible so the decision makers will pay attention. Floating carcasses of manatees, turtles, and porpoises are especially powerful, touching a broad range of people. Animal lovers will immediately be impacted, but numbers from research coupled with the images will be especially persuasive. I hope the photos and footage of the 2018 discharge from Lake Okeechobee will be included. I just reread what I wrote and my comment seems a bit critical. I thought the trailer was very good visually, the interviews professionally conducted, the sound engineering was superb and it moved at an ideal pace. I’m praying this documentary will truly make a difference. My hat is off to the folks behind this video. Thanks for the courage to make it. I’m praying it will have a far-reaching impact.

Daniel Forrester
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The trailer I think is on the extreme side, I hope the video gives facts and offers solutions instead of just highlighting the problem. However, the video is right it all driven by money, local politician who abandon their building and expansion plans for tax revenue and deals from mega developers who have moved into Florida from the Northeast. Federal government corp of engineers has ruined the everglades , and biologist and politicians failing to understand the basic chain of life. Example in the 60′ & 70’s in Naples Florida the bait pods at the Naples Pier were 500″ long 60 ‘ wide and 2’ deep , jacks, mackerel, snook, blue fish, cobia ,sheepshead and drum were all prevalent. Using a string of gold hooks I used to not only catch shiners but baby snook, mackerel, cobia that his within the shiners and fed on the shiners; then we allowed commercial fisherman to harvest tons of bait fish and we wonder why the Gulf is being over fished.

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I assure you, we have and will continue covering all aspects with a very even-handed position. Our history, politics, patterns of deregulation, the secondary health consequences of multifocal pollution, as well as what we can, and have been striving to do for many years now in order to stem or even reverse our current environmental strain.

Roy Noblin
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long story short-it is caused by the growth and run off from all the new developments. this means higher property taxes the government gets for the land. so they will only come up with scrams to remove the problem not stop the problem. once upon a time they realized this and made it unlawful to fill and develop low land but instead of requiring it be put back to the natural state, they impose a fine and let it happen. that is what needs to be changed and then start cleaning the mess they made.