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The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier game fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.
During its recent meeting in Houston, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved moving ahead with an amendment to update the allocation of Gulf red snapper between the commercial and recreational sectors, a welcome development hailed by the Coastal Conservation Association as long overdue.
During the next FWC meeting, to be held in Tampa, Feb. 12-13, the public is invited to provide input on many current fisheries management issues. Of pressing concern to many recreational anglers on the Gulfside is the presentation of a red snapper draft rule to set the 2014 recreational season in the Gulf. Let your voice be heard and be sure to attend this important meeting!
This is a reminder that the Feb. 1 through March 31 closure that would have affected several species of grouper in Gulf state waters has been removed and will not occur as it has in previous years. This closure was removed at the September 2013 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.
It is glaringly apparent that the views and concerns of recreational anglers are not being heard by federal fisheries managers. In an effort to reach out to the recreational angling community, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Otha Easley, Acting Special Agent in Charge, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement, Southeast Division, and Major Camille Soverel, Regional Commander, South A Region, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), announce that Toby Lamm, 46, of Vero Beach, was sentenced in Fort Pierce, Florida today for importing illegal catch from the Bahamas.
Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles
Sometime during the evening hours of Dec. 1 or early morning hours of Dec. 2 someone using the Davis Beach Boat Ramp (also called Research Road) on Tyndall Air Force Base unloaded and dumped at least 400 pounds of roe mullet, spotted seatrout, pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel and bluefish at the ramp. The discarded fish were discovered by Tyndall staff on Dec. 2.
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2014, reopening to harvest March 1, 2014. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its meeting in Weston today, approved a draft proposal that would divide the state’s Hunting Zone D (from Pensacola to Tallahassee) into two deer management units (DMUs), each with its own unique set of deer antler-point regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.
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