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Proposal Would Make Tarpon, Bonefish Catch-And-Release Only

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On: Tue, May 14, 2013 at 9:03AM | By: FWC


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its April meeting near Tallahassee, moved forward unanimously with a proposal to make Tarpon and Bonefish catch-and-release-only fisheries.

The Tarpon and Bonefish catch-and-release-only proposal includes the following potential changes for management in state and federal waters off Florida:

• Eliminating all harvest of Tarpon with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single Tarpon when in pursuit of an IGFA record and in conjunction with a Tarpon tag.

• Keeping the Tarpon tag price at $50 per tag but limiting them to one tag per person, per year.

• Modifying the Tarpon tag program, including reporting requirements and shifting the start and end date for when the Tarpon tag is valid.

• Discontinuing the Bonefish tournament exemption permit that allows tournament anglers to temporarily possess Bonefish for transport to a tournament scale.

The proposal will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing at its June meeting in Lakeland.

In a separate discussion, the Commission also reviewed how gear is being used for the Tarpon fishery in Boca Grande Pass. The Commission directed staff to re-examine the definition of snagging and redefine what gear can be used in the Pass. This issue will likely be brought before the Commission at the June meeting as a draft proposal.

More information is available at MyFWC.com/Commission.

From Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
http://myfwc.com/




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