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Sportfishing Industry Angered by Last-Minute U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Director’s Order

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."

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Public Input Wanted at Atlantic Council Meetings in Florida

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.

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Seasonal Grouper Closure Starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County.

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Amberjack, Triggerfish and Gag Grouper Season Changes in Gulf Waters

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.

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Harvest of Hogfish Will Close on November 30th

Recreational harvest of hogfish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on November 30, 2016.

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Atlantic Pelagic Charter Fishery Closing Ranks?

Since for-hire charter fishing occurs in federal waters, any such measure would reduce future catches of dolphin, wahoo, and the snapper-grouper fishery in the South Atlantic.

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FWC Approves Gulf Greater Amberjack Season Closure

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.

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2016 Florida Sportsman Bass & Birdies Classic

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.

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August “Outta the Woods”

Help monitor for CWD; Floridians hunting out of state need to be aware of what they can bring back.

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Gulf State Red Snapper Bill Moves Forward

Some good news from American Sportfishing Association: HR 3094 has passed the House Natural Resources Committee. Now would be a…»

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Apply for Fall Quota Permits and Special-Op Hunts Now!

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.

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Speak Up Against Closures, Gang, Your Voice Is Needed

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.

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More Outlets Could Help Stop Lagoon Pollution

A longtime science teacher and angler, Tim Ayers, writes the following letter in support of creating additional connections between the ocean and Indian River Lagoon.

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Mutton Snapper Workshops Begin Monday

If you fish for mutton snapper or are just interested in their management, please attend one of these workshops.

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Our Florida Reefs Introduces Possible MPAs

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.

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Fishing Rights are Under Attack in Southeast Florida

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.