New Dolphinfish Recreational Regs May 1 in Atlantic State Waters

Starting May 1, the following regulations will go into effect for recreational harvest of dolphinfish in Atlantic state waters. Five fish per person daily recreational bag limit. 30 fish per vessel private recreational daily vessel limit. These new regulations are a proactive conservation measure intended to help address stakeholder concerns regarding declines in the dolphinfish … Read more

Commercial Fishermen Critical of Proposed Dolphin Changes

The head of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association contends that a proposed increase to the dolphin fish allocation to the commercial fishing sector does not go far enough. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has proposed increasing the commercial sector allocation for dolphin from 7.54 percent, or 1.1 million pounds, to 10 percent, or 1.5 million … Read more

Florida Keys Anglers Air Their Concerns to the FWC

Florida Keys [anglers] residents spoke out on dolphin fish harvests, lobster bully-netting, lionfish problems and grouper seasons when meeting with state fishery managers last summer. Wednesday in Panama City Beach, board members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider whether to act on any of the concerns gathered at a statewide series … Read more

Dolphin Fish Harvest Closing for Commercial Fishermen

BY KEVIN WADLOW Commercial fishermen have protested a federal closure to the Atlantic dolphin fishery that’s effective this coming Tuesday for the seafood industry. Recreational anglers can continue catching legal-size dolphin, also known as mahi-mahi, with daily limits of 10 per person, up to 60 per boat. No freshly caught dolphin can be sold … Read more