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FWC Marine Fisheries Wants to Hear From You at Summer Workshop Series

On: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 11:26AM | By: FWC

Do you have ideas about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to hear from you.

Sanibel/Ft. Myers/Naples Fishing Report 6-19-15

On: Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 1:36PM | By: Captain Ron Kowalyk

It's a hot time in the old bay tonight, guys, so gear up and come on down. Redfish are on a chew from Estero Bay to Charlotte Harbor. My crews scored with some nice slot fish. Family and group trips of up to four anglers shared in the fun. Summer rates start at $300 for a 1/2-day, all fishing support supplies, just step aboard. Call 239-267-9312 or  

Get Outdoorsy With the New Guy Harvey Hard-card License

On: Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:10AM | By: FWC

There’s something wonderful about having a shiny new card in your wallet. While paper licenses do their part, a plastic license that easily fits in among other cards has so many benefits. It doesn’t get accidentally tossed out with the receipts. It is waterproof. It doesn’t rip or wear.

If You Don't Want More Corn In Your Gas Tank, Speak Up Now!

On: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:29AM | By: BoatUS

THE ISSUE: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written, it assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline.


Research Biologist to Receive Prestigious Award

On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: FWC

On May 6, biologist Ron Taylor, who works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, was notified that he will receive the 2014 American Fisheries Society William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award. The reception will take place at the AFS Annual Conference in Quebec City, in Canada’s Quebec province, Aug. 17-21.

Florida Legislature Kills Anti-anchoring Legislation

On: Wed, May 21, 2014 at 9:03AM | By: BoatUS

Sometimes it’s the middle of night, and often it’s only at the very last moment. But that’s the nature of how new legislation is often introduced with the backing of special interest groups in state houses across the US. Often the intent is to keep the public in the dark. But that’s not what happened over the last two weeks in Florida, when Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) became instrumental in turning the tide on some 11th-hour legislation that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts.

18th Annual Young Anglers Fishing Tournament

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:03PM | By: Captain Van Hubbard

The 18th Annual Young Anglers Fishing Tournament at John Pass Village will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014, from 7am-2pm, at Hubbard's Marina, John's Pass Village Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, Florida.

Florida Power Squadrons Receive Awards

On: Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:23AM | By: BoatUS

At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.

SUP Board Buying Basics

On: Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:18AM | By: Florida Marine Times

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing watersport craze. The SUP movement has motivated many to buy paddleboards. SUP is a low-impact sport that anyone can participate in.

Learn Sailing With New Online Learn To Sail Course From Offshore Sailing School

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:05AM | By: BoatUS

Learning to sail just got easier. A new “Online Learn to Sail” course from America’s #1 sailing school, Offshore Sailing School, and the leading national boating safety organization funded by a half million boaters, the BoatUS Foundation, is perfect for anyone thinking about getting into sailing or renewing old skills. The narrated curriculum with easy to comprehend video, animations, and Offshore Sailing School instructors teaching aboard the Colgate 26 is designed to enhance and streamline the learning process and give sailors a leg up before they hit the water. It dovetails well, and is great for learning prior to taking any Offshore Sailing School course. The cost is $75 but the course will be available for a limited time at the introductory price of $55. It can be found at