PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, FLA. (Dec. 01, 2017) – Commercial crabbing is a family tradition for the Santini Family. Five generations have pulled crab pots from Florida’s waters to make a living. Today, father and son Gene and Nick Santini of Punta Gorda continue the family’s commercial fishing legacy by harvesting blue crabs from Charlotte Harbor. 

The latest episode of Adventure & Wildlife – Hosted by the Shark Brothers highlights a morning of crabbing with the Santinis then follows the blue crabs to Peace River Seafood where owner Kelly Beall and general manager Larry Corbin discuss more of the seafood industry. The harvested crabs are either distributed to local restaurants and markets, sold in the seafood market, steamed for 13 minutes and served to Peace River Seafood diners, or shipped out of state such as to Maryland or California.

Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda is featured in the episode’s conservation spotlight segment. Dr. Robin Jenkins, who is the facility’s Director of Veterinary Services, and Executive Director Callie Stahl share what the non-profit facility does to rehabilitate and care for abandoned, injured or orphaned native wildlife. 

“Episode 3 of Adventure and Wildlife – Hosted by the Shark Brothers shows how Charlotte Harbor and our environment are intertwined with the local economy. Charlotte County’s economic health is dependent on Charlotte Harbor’s health and through the series, our goal is to raise awareness of the County’s natural product so it is protected for future generations to enjoy,” said Lorah Steiner, Director of Tourism for the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. The 25-minute video is part of an original series hosted and produced by Sean Paxton and Brooks Paxton II, otherwise known as the Shark Brothers, and a component of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau marketing program. 

The series invites those interested in exploring Florida’s wild outdoors, nature-based activities and soft-adventure to visit the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast in Southwest Florida. The series is available online at AdventureAndWildlife.com and viewers can stay up-to-date with the show hosts including participating in Facebook Live events at Facebook.com/adventureandwildlifeseries

Additional episodes of Adventure and Wildlife – Hosted by the Shark Brothers will be released at later dates featuring the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities the area offers.

Users are encouraged to share the videos on social media and use the hashtags #bestsideoutside, #ecologinomical, #thesharkbrothers and #adventureandwildlife

Each year, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach VCB is also focused on developing ecotourism and soft adventure travel. These popular low-impact industries enable the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological and economic health, while distinguishing the area and drawing visitors. During calendar year 2016, Charlotte County welcomed an estimated 406,700 visitors and tourism generated an estimated $362,277,100 in direct expenditures and made an estimated $552 million economic impact in Charlotte County.

Dropbox link to images of The Shark Brothers and production shots are available. 

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Episode 3 of Adventure and Wildlife – Hosted by the Shark Brothers includes a commercial blue crabbing adventure with the Santinis, a fifth-generation commercial fishing family.
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Episode 3 of Adventure and Wildlife – Hosted by the Shark Brothers takes viewers behind-the-scenes to show what it takes to get fresh-caught seafood from area waters to a local seafood restaurant and on to tables as far away as Maryland and California.
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Sean Paxton and Brooks Paxton II host and produce Adventure and Wildlife – a series promoting Southwest Florida and the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast’s nature-based activities.
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ABOUT THE SHARK BROTHERS
The Shark Brothers - Sean and Brooks Paxton, are internationally recognized content producers and presenters headquartered in Southwest Florida. At the helm of their company, Shark Brothers Multimedia, they leverage 50+ years of combined entertainment business experience to provide full-scale production services aimed at the delivery of content for series, documentaries, destination and tourism promotion, innovative live streaming events, education and cause marketing. The brothers enjoy sharing the experiences and knowledge gained from their work through personal appearances and speaking engagements, and remain involved with community outreach for causes they consider close to home. These include the sustainable use and enjoyment of natural resources, education, youth engagement with nature, and the support of our active duty military, veterans, police and emergency first responders. For more information, visit SharkBrothersMultimedia.com

ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.
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CONTACTS:

Jennifer Huber                                
Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau             
(941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov 

Michelle Tomao, Senior Account Executive
Aqua Marketing & Communications
(727) 452-4899 or Michelle@welcometoaqua.com