Fishing

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

Fishing and conservation focus of FWC clinic

On a sun-splashed morning at the Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola, fishing is the focus, but it’s not all about casting a line into the water and hoping to snag a fish. Here at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Saltwater Fishing Clinic, the purpose runs much deeper than that. Read the full […]

State control of red snapper fishery closer to reality

State control of red snapper fishery closer to reality

State control of red snapper season in state and federal waters in the Gulf Mexico is closer to becoming reality. Behind a proposed fishery-management pilot program, which is also known as an Exempted Fishing Permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would have the power to manage all recreational red snapper caught in state […]

New rebuilding plan in place for greater amberjack

New rebuilding plan in place for greater amberjack

Rebuilding plans change. That is the case for greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico. Originally set to be completed by 2019, the plan now has its target zeroed in on 2027. Greater amberjack have been overfished for more than 30 years and the hope was with the regulations in place that the fishery would […]

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Reopening of gray triggerfish season on the horizon

Fishermen will soon be able to cast their lines into the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the hopes of reeling in gray triggerfish. The recreational season was closed for most of 2017, opening only for a limited time over four weekends this past fall in state waters. Now the Florida Fish and […]

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

Team aims to determine true numbers of red snapper population

No one knows for sure how many red snapper are out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishermen believe there are more than the numbers calculated in stock assessments. A team of 21 scientists from state and federal agencies and universities in the Gulf Coast region, including Florida, are determined to paint a better picture of […]

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

New satellite will be launched in November and aid in management of fisheries

In early November, the first of four advanced polar-orbiting satellites known as the Joint Polar Satellite System will be launched from California, the result of a collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Its purpose will be to collect data that will prove beneficial to the management of fisheries and other protected […]

Fish and Wildlife officers stay busy this summer

Fish and Wildlife officers stay busy this summer

In one case, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to a boating accident in which a rented personal watercraft struck a swimmer in the head. In another instance, officers responded to a home where a man had a dead deer on his front porch because he brought it home after shooting it illegally. […]

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Snapper season extended in federal waters

Federal waters have been opened up to recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for a longer period of time thanks to the joint efforts of the United States Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states. Once set for an all-time low of only three days, the season now has an additional 39 days […]

NOAA announces federal recreational red snapper seasons

NOAA announces federal recreational red snapper seasons

NOAA announced the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper recreational seasons in federal waters Tuesday morning. The private angling federal recreational season and the federally permitted for-hire components will open June 1 at 12:01 a.m. The private angling season will close June 4 at 12:01 a.m. The for-hire season ends July 20 at 12:01 a.m., […]

Catchin’ Cobia

Catchin’ Cobia

Shaun Abbott leans against the railing of the Navarre Beach fishing pier, his pole leaned up against the side of it with a colorful lure dangling from the end of the line high above the sparkling green water of the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. […]

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

FWC scuttles move to require kayak license

Last month a citizen panel put together by state boating authorities explored options that could lead to requiring registration and fees for non-motorized boats such as kayaks. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Fishery council selects advisory panel

Fishery council selects advisory panel

The target date for the end of the rebuilding of the red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be reached for another 14 years, and yet, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council agrees with fishermen that the stock is healthier than it has been in the past. Read the full article in […]

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Focus group casts red snapper management ideas to council

Ken Haddad of the American Sports Fishing Association has been instrumental in helping the Gulf Angler Focus Group push for more recreational red snapper fishing opportunities in federal waters. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

Season closed, but gray triggerfish population appears to be improving

The closure of the gray triggerfish season in 2017 is bad news to fishermen in both state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. But the closure also signals that perhaps the rebuilding plan that was put in place for gray triggerfish population nearly a decade ago may actually be working. “In a sense, […]

Red snapper season extended into late November

Red snapper season extended into late November

Recreational fishing in the Gulf is big business. According to Amanda Nalley, the public information specialist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it brings in billions each year, and that includes fishing for red snapper. “While we don’t have this number broken down, we do know recreational fishing in Gulf Waters adds $7.6 […]

Aquaculture vital to future of world’s seafood supply

Aquaculture vital to future of world’s seafood supply

Aquaculture has been around for more than 2,000 years and the practice of raising fish through that method is just as important now as it was centuries ago. “One of the first records of aquaculture dates back to around 500 BC when Chinese historian Fan Lai wrote a book titled “The Classic of Fish Culture.” […]

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

Turtle rescue thwarted by line cutting

If you hook a sea turtle while fishing on the pier, do not cut the line. That’s what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patroller Jim Holmes begged of fishermen Friday, Sept. 9 after a fishing “novice” cut the line on an entangled turtle off Navarre Pier before rescuers could arrive. When the turtle was spotted, pier […]

Greater amberjack season closes early

Greater amberjack season closes early

Plans to reopen the greater amberjack recreational fishery in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico this month are off the table due to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projecting the allowable harvest has been exceeded. The fishery was scheduled to be open until the end of the year. A similar fate for the […]

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

Pier fishing offers simple and relaxing experience

James Bodison totes a cart loaded with a cooler, fishing rods and the other necessary items, such as bait, a tackle box, weights and sinkers needed to make his day of fishing off the Navarre Beach pier a successful one. Though July is typically not the best month of the year to fish, it matters […]

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

In a world captivated by technology, kayak fishing offers an opportunity to get away from it all. Frank Dailey, the Emerald Coast Chapter Team Leader and Director of Coordinated Therapeutic Programs for Heroes on the Water, can’t emphasize that enough. “The peaceful element of kayak fishing is absolutely amazing,” Dailey said. “You take away the […]

FWC offers free fishing weekends

FWC offers free fishing weekends

Florida Gov.  Rick Scott announced two license-free fishing weekends in June. The first took place this past weekend for saltwater fishing and the second, a freshwater fishing weekend, is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday for Florida residents and visitors. “Florida is the fishing capital of the world,” Scott said in a press release. “As […]

FWC fuels fishing fever

FWC fuels fishing fever

Fishing is a big part of Pete Della Ratta’s life. Not only does he enjoy doing it, but he loves educating students about it, whether it’s at various fishing clinics throughout the area in the summer months or taking seventh-graders on a fishing field trip each year. “I love showing students the basics of fishing […]

Changes made to fishing regulations for 2016

Changes made to fishing regulations for 2016

Several changes have been made to the Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the 2016 season, including the dates for Red Snapper season in the Gulf. In Florida, the season for Red Snapper fishing started May 7 and is open each Saturday and Sunday through May 21 before running continuously May 28 through July 10. […]

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will soon set the dates for the 2016 recreational Red Snapper season in the Gulf Mexico. The proposed season is 72 days, which would be two days longer than the 2015 season. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Scientific efforts key to controlling lionfish problem

Lionfish are here to stay. That is the message NOAA Research Fisheries Biologist Tom Jackson delivers when discussing the invasive species that has been present in the Gulf of Mexico since 2010. “The cat is already out of the bag,” Jackson said. “You can’t ever get rid of them. Anyone who tells me otherwise, I […]

Magnuson-Stevens Act has made sizable impact on health of fisheries

Magnuson-Stevens Act has made sizable impact on health of fisheries

The Magnuson-Stevens Act turns 40 in April. It has undergone its share of changes along the way, but four decades later, there is no question it has had a major impact on the management of fisheries in the United States. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Sharks tagged and released for Team American Kayaker

Sharks tagged and released for Team American Kayaker

It was a busy Sunday for a group of local fishermen as they caught a total of seven sharks off Navarre Beach for Team American Kayaker. This included a 10-foot Dusky shark caught by 12-year-old Tyler Gamble of Hurlburt Field. The shark was the largest one caught by the group who tagged and released all […]

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