Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”
At a Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) acted to prohibit lionfish aquaculture. Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native fish and habitat.
The changes will go into effect by Dec. 1. Updates will be available at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.
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.
While I try hard to keep track of the more than 500 marine fish and invertebrates the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages, I sometimes field calls about things I don’t deal with on a daily basis. Like when an angler wants to know about using barnacles as bait (yes, you can). Or, most recently, when a reporter wanted to know more about blue land crabs. Specifically, can she move them from behind her car when trying to leave for the day?
Blue crabs, I asked?
“No. Blue land crabs,” she replied.
Ah, yes. I’ve heard of these blue land crabs. While they are a commonly targeted species in south Florida, it is a rare day that I get a media call on the crabs.
Started last year, there is a movement afoot to "shop local" on Saturdays. For many, this is not a movement, but a way of life, and not just on Saturdays. In Florida, one local staple is the bait shop. A wealth of information can be found for those willing to ask and listen.
Forget the big box stores and the publicly traded behemoths; forget the gas station bait dispensers. Even if you are the type who catches your own bait, it's still a worthwhile visit. For transplants from the Midwest, the bait shop is a necessity.
Of course, for the uninitiated, the bait shop is the place to get what you need, find out what's biting on what, where, and when to go, what's in season, and all other fishing-related 411.
Florida has decided to allow people to spear or net lionfish without a saltwater fishing license, the latest move in the effort to control a foot-long invasive species that can suck smaller fish off a reef slicker than a vacuum cleaner on a TV ad.
While they’re nasty predators on native species, lionfish are very tasty on the plate, with firm white flesh that some people say is as good as grouper (although I don’t think that any fish matches those wonderful sea bass).
CCA Florida Needs Your Help To Prevent Severe Unwarranted Access Restrictions In Everglades National Park.
Everglades National Park released its Draft General Management Plan for public review and comment on February 27th. The Draft GMP public comment period is open through Sunday, May 12, 2013.
Undercover video shows thousands of pounds of dead fish, mostly red snapper, floating to the surface after one of the controversial demolitions in the Gulf—not only is it killing fish, but destroying their habitat forever.
Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs or canals adjacent to power plant outflows.
An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death.
Attention Divers! Boaters! Non-Divers! Nice People! Friends of the Anclote! Anclote Key needs you!
On Saturday, September 22nd from 1-5 pm, Gulfantatics Dive Club
http://www.narcosisscuba.com/about-us/gulfanatics (Narcosis Scuba/Tarpon Springs) is organizing it's latest Coastal Cleanup and Picnic.
Both land and water will be "cleaned" - including the island lake the island beach and the dive site on Anclote Key.
This is a great opportunity to "give back," get wet, and have fun.
The plan is to embark on the cleanup first, then enjoy lunch while we measure and log the debris.