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What is a Florida “Sportsman”?

During a recent contract negotiation for the sale of conservation property, a representative of the organization purchasing the property indicated that he had to leave early to go to a meeting with a bunch of “sportsmen”.

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FS Openers: Re-Allocation YES

For many species such as red snapper, tons of the fish are taken in huge quantities and sent to market while recreational anglers are relegated to just a few. Or none.

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207 Scientists Petition for Sending Water South

Following is the complete list of independent researchers in the science community who have signed a petition calling for excess Lake Okeechobee water to be stored, treated and sent south. (See September FS Openers column.)

Fishery News

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Atlantic Pelagic Charter Fishery Closing Ranks?

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is considering whether to shut the door on any further license permits for…»

News Releases


Gulf State Waters Red Snapper Weekend Season Reopens September 2nd

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) will reopen September 2nd and remain open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.

You can make a big difference by joining Florida Sportsman’s continuing conservation fight for the fisheries and ecosystem. FS has been our primary outdoors voice for close to half a century. Good management is ours for the asking–or demanding.

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Make the Call

Here’s Florida Sportsman’s quick reference guide for contacting law enforcement and management agencies.

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Our Fisheries Record is Second to None

Soon after its launch more than 40 years ago, Florida Sportsman became the state’s primary voice for fisheries conservation and wildlife advocacy.