Snook Season Reopens in Gulf Waters and Florida Keys March 1 2017

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The Snook Season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than […]
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Take Care of Your Fishing Line – Proper Disposal Saves Wildlife

Fishing is a key component of the Florida lifestyle as well as the state’s economy. But fishing line and other fishing tackle frequently enter Florida’s aquatic systems as a result of incidental snags or improper disposal. When left in the aquatic environment, fishing line and tackle create potential traps for unsuspecting wildlife that can become […]
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FWC How to Catch and Release Fish for Maximum Survival – Video

Throughout its 8,500 miles of marine coastline and more than 2,500 artificial reefs, Florida boasts an abundance and diversity of fish species. Every fish that swims in our waters ranks as a vital and valuable resource. With more anglers and better equipment available, catch and release fishing has become essential to ensuring there will always […]
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Trap life: Born and Bred Lobstering Cousins Know How to Hustle

On summer break, the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., and two Lobstering Cousins,  Key West High School soon-to-be sophomores open their eyes. Lobstering Cousins Demi Stiglitz and Peder Bidonne, both 15, brush their teeth, put on a little deodorant and climb into dad Richie Stiglitz’s truck. From there, they sleep for the 30-minute ride […]
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Tagged Tarpon in the Lower Florida Keys Travels Over 400 Miles

It was caught on a live crab and tagged in late May in the Lower Florida Keys by BTT scientists from UMass Amherst and Carleton University, and was the second fish ever tagged as part of the program. We just received word from colleagues that their receiver near Port Orange, Florida detected Helios in late […]
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Florida Keys Yellow Spotted Stingray – Video

YELLOW STINGRAY Urobatis jamaicensis Also know as Yellow Spotted Stingray. They inhabit shallow inshore waters, where they are typically found foraging in sandy or muddy flats near coral reefs or rocky formations. They utilize sandy flats and areas of sea grass in order to forage for small crustaceans and mollusks, while also using the deep sand and sea […]
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Goliath Grouper Reopening Fishery Debate Ramps Up

After a several-year hiatus, state fishery managers will again address the topic of reopening the Goliath grouper fishery. The fishery was closed in 1990 due to extreme overfishing. Next month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hear a presentation from fishery biologists and will begin to discuss possibly opening up the fishery to a […]
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Sales of Florida Keys Spiny Lobster Down From Last Year

The normally red-hot Florida Keys spiny lobster fishery in South Florida seems to be cooling off this season, or at least Asian buyers seem to becoming more shrewd about the lucrative market. Spiny lobster is the Florida Keys’ most profitable commercial fishery, generating more than $50 million a year directly to the local economy. “Prices […]
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Florida Keys Spiny Lobster – Spiny Crawfish – Fishing Guide

The main difference between the Florida Keys Spiny Lobster and the American or Main Lobster are the front claws. American / Main lobsters have large front claws. Florida Keys Spiny Lobsters do not. Clawed lobsters are known as cold water lobsters, while Florida lobsters are known as warm water lobsters. Florida lobsters are caught for […]
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Florida Keys Fishing Rule Changes For January 1

There are many fishing regulations taking effect January 1. Below are some that affect Florida Keys Fishing from the FWC. Seasonal grouper closure starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. […]
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January Fishing in the Florida Keys

Fishing in the Florida Keys, with green and blue waters enveloping Islamorada, signaling sandbars, flats and channels. All of the Florida Keys are a playground for sport fish and anglers alike.  Driving south down U.S. 1 in Florida, it’s easy to become hypnotized by the green and blue waters surrounding top fishing destinations such as […]
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Snook Season Closure in Gulf – Everglades – Florida Keys starts 12-1-16

The recreational harvest Snook season closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017, reopening to harvest March 1, 2017. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season. This and other regular Snook season closures are […]
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FWC Sets New Barracuda Size Limits for South Florida

At its November meeting in St. Petersburg, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set new barracuda size limits. These changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only and include: Creating a recreational and commercial slot limit of 15 to 36 inches fork […]
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Hogfish New Rules and Boundaries Set – 10 Year Rebuilding Plan

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several conservation measures that are consistent with federal rules and set a new state management boundary for hogfish at the November meeting in St. Petersburg. “Hogfish is an economically important species that is popular with the diving and angling community,” said Chairman Brian Yablonski. “This was […]
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Do Your Part to Help Remove Plastics From the Environment

We drive plastic cars, wear plastic clothes, eat with plastic utensils on plastic plates, buy food contained in plastic bottles and put it in plastic bags to bring it to our homes. We are addicted to plastic. In fact, Americans use more than 2.5 million plastic bottles an hour. Unfortunately, not only is plastic a […]
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Florida Keys Sanctuary Advisory Council Promotes Ethical Fishing

The Florida Keys Sanctuary Advisory Council has started work on a new program that would reward charter fishing boat captains for practicing sustainable fishing and conservation. During its most recent meeting at the Ocean Reef Club, the council agreed to form a roughly 12-member working group to come up with the structure and the guiding […]
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You Have Stone Crab Claws – Now What

Commercially caught Stone Crab claws are cooked immediately after harvest and available fresh cooked or frozen. Fresh cooked claws should be eaten within three to four days if packed in ice or stored in the coldest part of a refrigerator. Be sure to freeze only claws that are completely intact and free from cracks in […]
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New Florida Law For Spiny Lobster Harvest To Deter Poachers

On Oct. 1, an amendment to the Florida statute pertaining to Spiny Lobster harvest went into effect, giving authorities more latitude in prosecutions for those who harvest undersized spiny lobster. The new legislation, SB 1470, sponsored by Rep. Holly Raschein and Sen. Jack Latvala, and championed by many in the Keys, specifies that each undersized […]
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Spiny Lobster in the Florida Keys – Video

The beautifully marked Caribbean Spiny Lobster has long been a Florida seafood favorite and is arguably one of the state’s most important fisheries. Thousands of harvesters flock to the Florida Keys each year during the sport and regular season to experience some of the best lobstering in the world. Many divers, like the one in […]
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Stone Crab – Recreational and Commercial Season Opens October 15

Recreational and commercial Stone Crab season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters  Only the claws may be harvested Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab’s claws, this practice leaves the stone crab with few ways to defend itself from predators. FWC encourages people to only take a single claw. […]
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