- Atlantic Red Snapper Fishing May Open–Briefly
- Net Ban Entangled In Legal Nightmare
- FWC Adopts New Seasons for Gag Grouper in Gulf
- Appeal Court Reinstates Net Ban To End Spurt of Entangling Catches
- A Glimpse into the Covert World of FWC investigations
- Two Arrested for Gillnet Violations
- Major Poaching Bust in SW FL
- Speak Up : Petition to Stop the Lake Okeechobee Discharges
- Public Land Hunting Rights, to the Highest Bidder
- 2012 Gulf Red Snapper Season Decided
Director’s Order No. 219 will, “require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all activities on Service lands, waters and facilities by January 2022, except as needed for law enforcement or health and safety uses, as provided for in policy."
Join local representatives from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Council staff as public hearing and scoping meetings continue this week along Florida’s east coast.
Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County.
Starting Jan 1, several recreational fishing season changes in Gulf waters will go into effect including: Greater amberjack will open. Gray triggerfish will remain closed. Gag grouper will close in most Gulf waters.
At its September 8th meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved closing Gulf state waters to recreational harvest of greater amberjack for the remainder of 2016. This closure was put into place because NOAA Fisheries estimates that the annual federal recreational quota was exceeded.
Fishing tackle industry figures from around the world showed their drive at the third annual Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic. The unique event, a hybrid golf and bass tournament, heralds the opening of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, which is the world’s premier fishing tackle trade show.
The summer brings fishing and other recreational activities, but it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming hunting season. If you’re going to hunt public land, you may submit your applications for fall quota hunt permits from now through June 15 to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and the general gun season.
It’s urgent that fishing conservationists attend a special hearing on the federal government’s proposal to shut down recreational angling in a third of the historic and productive reefs off Florida’s southeast coast.
After two years of planning meetings, this week the Our Florida Reefs Initiative unveiled its working recommendations to protect reef systems off the four-county southeast Florida coastline, from offshore of St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County south to the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County.
Our Florida Reefs, which refers to itself innocuously as a “community-based planning process,” in reality is attempting to stop you from fishing. They have proposed 28 marine protected areas that would prohibit recreational fishing by creating “no-take zones” from Stuart Inlet all the way to Key Biscayne. They also want to nominate the entire area as a National Marine Sanctuary.
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