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Working waterfront tours on Fort Myers Beach

By Staff | Oct 6, 2021

The program includes a walking tour of the commercial fishing industry's working waterfront. FILE PHOTO

The Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center’s Working Waterfront’s guided tour of the Fort Myers Beach and San Carlos Island shrimp boat industry is offered every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Ostego Bay Foundation has earned Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award for its Working Waterfront Tour.

The program includes a walking tour of the commercial fishing industry’s working waterfront, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, net shop, and Trico Shrimp Boat loading dock. The tour takes a trip to the docks to see how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, how the seafood is off-loaded, and other important aspects of this unique multi-million-dollar industry.

The history of the shrimping industry in on San Carlos Island and Florida’s pink gold shrimp, as well as the history of the oldest and largest pink shrimp fishing fleet in Florida are discussed.

The shrimp fleet of San Carlos Island offloads more Florida pinks than anywhere else in Florida, according to a research study by the University of Florida.

The tour continues with a 1-1/2 hour guided visit at the Marine Science Center Museum which contains numerous hands-on exhibits, touch tank, beach exhibit, and estuarine aquariums.

The tour is offered every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon, weather permitting.The cost is $20 per adult and $10 for children over 6 years of age. Reservations are required. Call 239-765-8101 for details or register online athttp://www.ostegobay.org/waterfront-tours/