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RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS on OKECHOBEE WATERWAY & LOCKS. Keep checking at www.saj.usace.army.mil

 

 

Information from FWC

 

 

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was observed in background concentrations in two samples collected from Manatee County (Southwest Florida). Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis.
Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters and southern inshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.

All information regarding the algal blooms currently affecting South Florida is being consolidated and posted on the DEP website: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "links.govdelivery.comtrack" claiming to be https://depnewsroom.wordpress.com/south-florida-algal-bloom-monitoring-and-response/

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.      

The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page.  Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.

 

 

FWC ANGLER RECOGNITION PROGRAMS 

 

Saltwater Grand Slams FL Memory

All FWC Saltwater Grand Slam catches, past and present, are eligible as long as they can be documented and have been caught in a 24-hour period and in accordance with FWC and IGFA rules.

Each time an angler gets a Saltwater Grand Slam, they will receive a certificate of accomplishment and a t-shirt with the fish from that slam on it. More information

 

NEW FWC GRAND SLAM CLUBS

Since July of 2015 there have been 52 submissions for the FWC’s Grand Slam Clubs.

Bay & Estuary Grand Slam

Catching a mangrove (gray) snapper, Spanish mackerel, and snook in the same day.
Mason Scott Brown, Belleview, FL; Christopher Rowell, Marathon, FL 

 

Bluewater Grand Slam 

Catching a dolphinfish, sailfish, and wahoo in the same day.
Christopher Harmon, Boca Raton, FL; Tom Kelly, Altamonte Springs, FL

 

Family Grand Slam 

Catching any three fish in the same family, i.e. three different species of snapper, grouper, etc. in the same day.

Steve Datkuliak, Gainesville, FL; Luis Adrian Fornes, Miami, FL; CR 'Chuck' Jackson, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Steve Meerman, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Thomas Milliren, Pace, FL; Eli Smart, Willis, TX (2); Alfred Sowers, Stuart, FL; Joshua Sowers, Henry, VA; Belinda Thomas, Fort Pierce, FL; Capt. Shawn Waite, Cape Coral, FL

 

Inshore Grand Slam 

Catching a spotted seatrout, red drum, and flounder in the same day.

Barry Marlin Bennett, Valdosta, GA; Tim Blue, Elko, GA; Robert Connor, Jr., Macclenny, FL; Joseph Ferranti, Port St. Lucie, FL; Scott Flamand, Gainesville, FL; Robert Forbes, Jacksonville, FL; Art Futch, San Antonio, TX; Gary Gambill, Jacksonville, FL; William Gerspacher, Port St. Joe, FL (2); Bryan Gold, Quincy, FL; Andrew Harellson, Palm Coast, FL; Michael J. Hill, Tallahassee, FL; Jibran Jami, Panama City, FL; Barry F. Kroboth, Woodbridge, VA; Patrick Kroboth, Lake City, FL; Capt. Ken Lai, Palm Coast, FL; Samuel Lambert, Bremen, GA; Lynn Maize, Ormond Beach, FL; Allen Mayer, Spring City, TN; Daniel Myers, Cape Coral, FL; Dan Price, Defiance, OH; Christopher Roy, Ocala, FL; El Rushak, Brighton, MI; Anthony Santiago, Jacksonville, FL; Donald Saven, South Lyon, MI; Steven Seagraves, Vero Beach, FL; James Stemp, Jacksonville, FL; John Tait, Santa Rosa Beach, FL; Craig Van Brocklin, Gainesville, FL; Ken Van Doren (2); R.J. Volpe, Bolling AFB, DC; Sherri D. Williams, Palm Coast, FL

 

Small Fry Grand Slam 

Catching a pinfish, grunt, and catfish in the same day.

Luther Grayson Brown, Belleview, FL; Mason Scott Brown, Belleview, FL; Caitriona Schork, Severna Park, MD

 

Florida maintains all tackle records for 76 saltwater species in both conventional and fly tackle categories. There is one vacancy in the conventional tackle category and 26 vacancies in the fly category. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) verifies state records in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information on the Florida State records and Grand Slam programs, contact:

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission 
Division of Marine Fisheries Management
2590 Executive Center Cr. E., Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32399 
Telephone: 850-487-0554 Fax: 850-488-7152 
Contact: Melissa Crouch

Or

International Game Fish Association 
World Records Department
300 Gulf Stream Way 
Dania Beach, FL 33004 
Telephone: 954-927-2628  Fax: 954-924-4299 
Contact: Jack Vitek

Angler purchases of fishing equipment and motor boat fuel support a variety of Sport Fish Restoration funded programs in Florida, including angler outreach, aquatic education, artificial reefs, stock enhancement, marine fisheries research, and boating-access improvements. This “user pay, public benefit” program provides funds to support fisheries conservation, including collaborative efforts between the FWC and the IGFA.

Please visit the following websites to access information on current Florida Saltwater Records, Record/Grand Slam Applications and Florida’s Sport Fish Restoration Program:

Florida Saltwater Records

Florida Saltwater Record Application

Florida Grand Slam Application

Florida Sport Fish Restoration Program

 

 

MELT THE BUTTER! SPINY LOBSTER SEASON IS HERE!

The 2016 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 27 and 28, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31.

Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go.

No one wants a small lobster for dinner. Make sure you check the size. lobsterMeasuring devices are required, and lobsters harvested while diving must be measured while they are in the water. If the carapace length is not larger than 3 inches, it must be left in the water (see image on how to measure spiny lobster).

To protect the next generation and your future chances to have lobster for dinner, harvest of egg-bearing females is prohibited. Lobsters have hundreds of thousands of eggs that are easily visible and attached under the tail. While most lobsters have completed reproduction by the start of the fishing season, finding lobsters with eggs is common in July and August.

Stick to the bag and possession limits so there will be enough lobsters for all your friends and family. During the two-day spiny lobster sport season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters or 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters. You may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters when you are on the water. When you are off the water, you may possess no more than the daily bag limit on the first day of the sport season and no more than double the daily bag limit on the second day. See the chart for an easy-to-read guide on the two-day sport season bag limits. During the Aug. 6-to-March 31 regular season, the daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six spiny lobsters per person for all Florida waters.

Two-Day Sport Season

Where

Daily bag limit and max number you can possess while on the water

Max number you can possess off the water on July 27

Max number you can possess off the water on July 28

 

Monroe Co. and Biscayne National Park

6

6

12

 

All other Florida water

12

12

24

While the waters may be less crowded at night, diving for spiny lobsters after the sun goes down is not allowed in Monroe County during the two-day sport season.

Know where you can go. Lobster harvest is always prohibited in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, certain areas of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. During the two-day season, all harvest of lobster is prohibited throughout John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit FloridaKeys.NOAA.gov/regs/mc_lobster.pdf to learn more about areas in Monroe County that are open to spiny lobster harvest.

Bring a cooler big enough to hold the entire lobster. Spiny lobsters must remain in whole condition until they are brought to shore. Also, do not take spiny lobster with any device that might puncture, penetrate or crush its shell.

Have the proper paperwork. A recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit are required to recreationally harvest spiny lobsters unless you are exempt from recreational license requirements. Information about these licenses and permits is available online at MyFWC.com/License or you may purchase your license today at   GoOutdoorsFlorida.com .

Do double duty while you are in the water and remove invasive lionfish. These nonnative species are often found in the same areas as spiny lobster, and they negatively impact Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Help keep the lionfish population under control by removing them from Florida waters. If you plan to take lionfish with a spear, be aware of no-spearing zones and always check with your local law enforcement agency before planning your spearfishing trips. Visit MyFWC.com/Lionfish to learn more or to participate in the Lionfish Challenge reward program.

Safety first. Divers, even those who wade in, should stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down warning device (red with a white diagonal stripe on a flag or buoy, for example) when in open water and within 100 feet of a properly displayed divers-down warning device if on a river, inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators must slow to idle speed if they need to travel within 300 feet of a divers-down warning device in open water or 100 feet of one on a river, inlet or navigational channel.

Divers-down warning symbols displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches. If you are using a flag, a stiffener is required to keep it unfurled and it must be displayed from the highest point of the vessel, must be visible from all directions and must be displayed only when divers are in the water. So when the divers are out of the water, don’t forget to take it down. Divers-down symbols towed by divers must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. More information on divers-down warning devices is available online at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Boating Regulations.”
 
Additional information on recreational spiny lobster fishing, including how to measure spiny lobster, is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster.”

 

 

FWF RULES & REGULATIONS FOR FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION. INFORMATION RECENTLY UPDATED, NOW AVAILABLE

New statewide black bass regulations are in effect as of July 1, 2016. Here is a summary of the statewide changes:

•The previous three black bass fishing zones and 40 areas with special bass regulations have been eliminated.

•All species of black bass are included in the five fish daily aggregate black bass bag limit. This is the same as the previous statewide rule.

•Largemouth bass: Only one may be 16 inches or longer in total length per angler, per day, with no minimum length limit.

•Suwannee, shoal, Choctaw and spotted basses: 12-inch minimum size limit, only one may be 16 inches or longer in total length.

The goals of the new statewide bass rules are to streamline regulations, allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant bass, and protect those larger bass desired by most anglers. For details, check:

http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/

 

 

GAG GROUPER RECREATIONAL HARVEST CLOSING IN 4-COUNTY GULF REGION

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30.

The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, opened June 1 and will remain open through Dec. 31, closing Jan. 1, 2017. Monroe County is also excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic season for gag grouper.

The four-county region includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, including those in Gulf County, and all waters of the Steinhatchee River, including those in Dixie County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages marine fish from the shore to 9 nautical miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gag grouper caught in federal waters during the federal season and in state waters outside the four-county region may be taken ashore in Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties, but boats with gag grouper aboard may not stop and must have gear stowed while traveling through state waters in that region.

To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Grouper.”

 

 

RECEIVED FROM the BOATING ADVISORY COUNCIL (BAC) TOPIC PAGE

The next Non-Motorized Boat Working Group meeting will be held in Orlando on August 25, 2016.  Information can be found at Non-Motorized Boat Working Group Meetings.

The next BAC meeting will be held in West Palm Beach on October 14, 2016.  Information can be found at Boating Advisory Council Meetings.

Please contact Precious Boatwright at precious.boatwright@myFWC.com  or (850) 488-5600, if you have questions.

 

 

BAY SCALLOP CONSERVATION MEASURES APPROVED FOR ST. JOE BAY

At the June 23 meeting near Apalachicola, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved measures to conserve bay scallops in the St. Joseph Bay area. The measures include delaying and shortening the recreational bay scallop season so it will open Aug. 22, run through Sept. 5, 2016 (Labor Day), and will close to harvest Sept. 6, as well as changing the daily bag limit to 40 scallops per person or 200 per vessel, whichever is less, in all waters west of St. Vincent Island through the west bank of Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

Ongoing research and monitoring results indicate bay scallops in Gulf County were negatively impacted during a 2015 red tide event in the area. There has not been any red tide observed in the bay since January, and areas east of Gulf County do not appear to have been impacted.

The FWC has been working closely with Gulf County in a coordinated and cooperative effort to minimize negative impacts associated with potential low scallop numbers this summer. The FWC will continue monitoring the bay, and is currently conducting restoration efforts. FWC researchers have already collected 650 scallops and placed them in cages in the bay to help promote spawning, and will continue to collect more scallops for restoration purposes. Caged scallops will be marked. Tampering with or scalloping in areas near cages that are marked with no scalloping signage is prohibited.

In areas east of the western point of St. Vincent Island through the Pasco-Hernando county line, the 2016 bay scallop season will open June 25 through Sept. 24, closing Sept. 25 and the bag limit remains 2 gallons of whole bay scallops or 1 pint of meat per person, per day, with a vessel limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops or a half-gallon of meat. Areas west of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County are closed to bay scallop harvest.

Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net, and must be landed within the area that is open to harvest.

There is no commercial harvest allowed for bay scallops in Florida.

Be safe when diving for scallops. Stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down warning device (flag, buoy, etc.) when scalloping in open water and within 100 feet of a properly displayed divers-down warning device if on a river, inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators traveling within 300 feet of a divers-down warning device in open water or 100 feet of one on a river, inlet or navigational channel must slow to idle speed. Learn more about divers down warning devices at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Regulations.”

Help FWC’s scallop researchers by completing an online survey at http://svy.mk/bayscallops . Harvesters can indicate where they harvest scallops, how many they collect and how long it takes to harvest them. Participants can email BayScallops@MyFWC.com to ask questions or send additional information.
Learn more about long-term trends in the open and closed scalloping areas by visiting MyFWC.com/Research and clicking on “Saltwater,” “Mollusc,” “Bay Scallops” and “Season.”

For regulation updates, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops.”

 

 

GET TEENS FISHING — WE’LL COVER THE COST 

 

Partnership focuses on increasing high school participation in fishing and conservation efforts by offering funds for fishing teams

By Amber Nabors

Participation in rough-and-tumble sports is a great way to get high schoolers exercising. But there are many students who want a different type of adrenaline rush than getting tackled on the football field or tossed in the air while cheering for their team. For those students, I strongly suggest fishing — and there is even funding available to get a team started or add members to an existing team.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with its partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, are offering a grant from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to encourage the creation and success of high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida. This partnership places a particular emphasis on establishing new high school angling teams and supporting existing ones in schools with diverse student populations.

The program will provide grants of up to $500 to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers. Supported teams and clubs will also partner with the FWC, FLW Foundation and The Bass Federation to complete a conservation project. The program not only benefits the students, but program participants and their families will receive education on conservation programs, aquatic and marine biology, and boating and angler safety.

High school can be incredibly stressful, and getting on or near the water to cast a line is a great stress reliever. Fishing encourages focusing on just one task at a time, which can give the brain the break it needs to process and store helpful information. Fishing also promotes mindfulness, because being aware of how fish habitats and changing weather and water conditions affect fish behavior improves fishing success.

And fishing doesn’t exclude the ladies. According to a recent report released by the RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation, of the 46 million Americans who fish today, more than one-third of them are women. In fact, the 2013 Florida High School State Champions were a female and male team from Bartow High School, and Tennessee’s Bethel University became the first college to offer a female angler a scholarship in 2010.

High school fishing teams and clubs do not have to be comprised of students from a single school. Students from several schools may come together to form a team or club, and fishing is one of the few sports where both male and female students can compete on the same team, at the same level.

There are countless benefits for both male and female students competing in team sports, such as building confidence, teaching respect and contributing to better health and stronger academics. But there are added benefits for female teammates competing alongside their male counterparts, such as an enhanced image of themselves and a greater overall resiliency, according to Jeffrey Rhoades, author of “The Joy of Youth Sports: Creating the Best Youth Sports Experience for Your Child.” Plus, the team camaraderie offers benefits to both sexes, as they enhance their social skills and learn to view one another as a friend and not an intimidating person.

High schoolers can also earn college scholarships for bass fishing. According to Bassmaster.com , there are nine colleges in Florida that have fishing teams affiliated with the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series: Daytona State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, Florida State University, Indian River State College, Polk State College, Seminole State College of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of North Florida. The University of Florida even made the Fishing League Worldwide list of the “Top 25 Bass Fishing Colleges.”

To date, there have been five high school fishing grants awarded. The first five grant award recipients are: Academy of Environmental Science, Crystal River; Lake Wales High School, Lake Wales; Pasco Middle School, Dade City; South Dade High School, Homestead; and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Cocoa.

There is still ample grant funding available, so interested parties are encouraged to apply soon for consideration. Online applications should be submitted at www.flwfishing.com/foundation .

For more information about this program, email Amber Nabors at Amber.Nabors@MyFWC.com . For more information about the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation, go to www.flwfishing.com . For information about The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, go to www.highschoolfishing.org . Information on the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is available at www.takemefishing.org , select “Corporate” at the bottom of the page.

 

 

USCG Districts Seven & Eight - LNMs

The USCG District Seven Local Notice to Mariners http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm07122016.pdf  (12-2016) is now available for download. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

In addition, the 2016 USCG Light List Volume Three is updated weekly on the following page: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates  and is updated to Local Notice (12-2016), as is the summary of corrections http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightLists/corrections/V3D07.pdf . These links must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

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