- 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
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.
As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to down list the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations.
Recreational anglers in the Ft. Lauderdale area avoided a closure to fishing on a portion of Ft. Lauderdale beach recently, albeit a time closure.
Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida.
The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, September 5th through 7th, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, November 1st.
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