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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”.

FS Openers

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Protecting Our Oceans: The First Marine National Monument

Let's try to imagine a 5,000-square mile piece of ocean where no commercial fishing is allowed, but limited recreational fishing is welcome. Sounds like an unlikely pipe dream after all we've been through. Still, we can now wake up to just such a reality.

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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?

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.

News Releases

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December “Outta’ the Woods”: Duck and Dove Hunting Regulations

There’s a chill in the Florida air, and soon children will be out of school on winter break. During the holidays, I encourage you to take time off from work and spend some quality time with family and friends in the great outdoors.


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.


Reader Action Guide

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Make the Call

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

FS' Fisheries Record

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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.