Openers


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Plan Six, the Only Fix

Our Openers column must have been lost in the mail—from seven years ago. But, no, it did run in August 2006 and seems eerily applicable to today. Also applicable today is government’s continuing failure to address the main estuary and Everglades crises.

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Why, oh Why

It’s the Why of it that we just don’t seem to get. The elusive root cause. Roots as in growing thousands of tons of them (known as Big Sugar) after letting our wetlands be sucked dry in what has been one of the world’s worst water management scandals.

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Georgia Says No, Too

Waytogo, you Georgia Bulldogs! Your new victory floods us with good memories. And your success inspires us to keep on swinging. Of course, it took you 24 more years to do it. But still, your recent taking redfish off the commercial market there is commendatory.

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Want Wildlife or Missiles? We’ll Have Both, Please

You wouldn’t think for a second of wanting to see a private industry plopped down in the middle of a beloved public park. Give over priceless property that we all own together to a few?

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‘Hey, Where’s Sammy Sector?’

You may not see Sammy anywhere, but your government sees him worshipfully. Mr. Sector, in fact, is especially precious all through federal fisheries management [...]

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A Major Victory Unheralded

Today, we can take note of and celebrate an important reform that is wrapping up with very little notice. We refer to the impending phase-out of food-shrimp bottom trawling in Tampa Bay, the state’s largest open-water estuary.

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Family Anglers Hit Again

“Locally, it’s our most important bottom fish now, and the only months we’re allowed to take them is when they aren’t there.” Good one, Rick. The conundrum is about black sea bass, the latest recreational fishery closed by federal forces on the basis, we think, of clearly erroneous data and misguided principles.

Park waters, we all own them.

Hallowed Waters

You gotta love the feel of the place. Good vibes are everywhere. Spreading out over a million acres, this plainly amazing place is bigger than the state of Delaware.

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Poisoning the Waters

Savvy inshore fishermen, and certainly savvy applies to Florida Sportsman fans, look for seagrasses. The anglers know that rich fields of underwater plant and marine life are crucial to the life histories of sportfish.

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Gamefish Quiniela: Cobia and Trout

So you can buy and sell that prized fish cobia all day long in Miami. But you can’t sell one ounce of that great fish in Charleston. Why in the world is that? We’d like to think that the difference is a matter of science and good research. But no.

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Me More than You, Please

FS Openers: October 2012 “I’ll take more fish than you are allowed, because I’m selling my catch. And on some days I’ll load up while you have to sit back at the dock.”

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Snook Imbroglio Calls for Help

Some of my best friends may want to shoot me for this column (they’ll need to get in line). But…»

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Polluters Win Big, Again

Very sadly, the Pollution Establishment still rules supreme in Everglades restoration.

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Vic Dunaway: Light Touch, Big Results

No, Vic, your passing is unacceptable. I deny that it’s happened. And yet I can imagine my denial of this…»

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New Red Snapper Research Encouraging

We’ve now enjoyed (heavy sarcasm intended) more than two years of a completely unwarranted and discredited closure of all Atlantic red snapper fishing.

Seatrout should be for anglers--not for market.

Ban All Trout Sales

Let’s roll ahead with a solid, strong campaign to stop all sales of saltwater trout in Florida.