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Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

Hammerhead shark caught off Navarre Beach Pier

In a case of situational irony, angler Shawn Wilson hooked a shark off Navarre Beach Aug. 15 as visitors were gathered to watch the classic killer shark film “Jaws” as part of the Toes in the Sand movie nights at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Wilson lived in the Navarre area for several years before moving […]

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 […]

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Closer look at life as an FWC fisheries biologist

Eric Weather used to watch the televised adventures of Jacques Cousteau. It eventually led him to a career in fisheries research as a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. He’s now been in the career for nearly 20 years. “I was originally drawn toward ocean exploration through (the show) and then later became […]

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. […]

World record lionfish haul

World record lionfish haul

The 8,089 lionfish caught at the weekend event in Pensacola was a world record.  “It was four times more than we have ever had,” said Alex Fogg with Florida Fish and Wildlife.  “These tournaments are very significant to the reefs.  You can control them on a localized level like this if you do it often.”  […]

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 […]

Nurse shark freed from reef

Nurse shark freed from reef

A nurse shark that had apparently won a battle with a fisherman became snagged July 8 at the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Gulf-side reef. Thanks to the quick response of two divers and a local swimmer, the shark was freed and able to go on its way. According to local kayak fisherman and reef enthusiast […]