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Information from COE

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

 

 

Information from FWC

Notes on Fishing Rules and other announcements

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (a/k/a FWC) keeps us up to date on changes that fishermen (cruising-fishermen included) should know, and other items of interest to boating people. As the audience is somewhat varied, we give a quick note on the news and suggest that those interested in specific topics check it all out at the FWC web site.

There's also information on boating, parks, ramps, etc., etc. and we'll hope to include news on anything we think you'll want to know about.

FWC's web site is www.MyFWC.com

 

 

February 2016
FWC's Fishing in the Know
Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly NewsletterNaylor seatrout

Commission Meeting – Tallahassee
Action: Marine Fisheries Management items Feb. 10
Information: Items on the agenda include:

 

Mutton Snapper Workshops

The FWC is holding a series of public workshops to gather public input and develop a better understanding of the public’s view on management of mutton snapper.

Staff will provide a brief presentation about mutton snapper management issues that are currently being worked on and will solicit stakeholder concerns and comments about these issues. Anyone with an interest in management of Florida’s mutton snapper is encouraged to participate.

Feb. 1 - Ft. Lauderdale
SAFMC and FWC Workshop 4-7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port
180 SW 18th Avenue
Dania Beach/Ft Lauderdale, FL 33004

Feb. 2 - Duck Key
SAFMC and FWC Workshop 4-7 p.m.
Hawks Cay
61 Hawks Cay Blvd
Duck Key, FL  33050

Feb. 3 - Key West
SAFMC and FWC Workshop 4-7 p.m.
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040

Feb. 4 - Key Largo
FWC Workshop 6-8 p.m.
Murray Nelson Government Center
102050 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

Feb. 15 - St. Petersburg
FWC Workshop 6-8 p.m. 
3rd Floor Conference Room
100 8th Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33201

Feb. 16 - Naples
FWC Workshop 6-8 p.m.
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Golden Gate Pkwy
Naples, FL 34116

Feb. 17 - Stuart
FWC Workshop 6-8 p.m.
City of Stuart 
Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994

Feb. 24 - Webinar
FWC Workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The public may access this workshop via voice-only phone line. RSVP to the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554 to obtain instructions to join the meeting via the voice-only line.

Links for more information:
Workshops

 

Barracuda Workshops
Information: These workshops will help FWC gather public input and develop a better understanding of the public’s view on management of barracuda, including discussing recent management changes that went into effect Nov. 1, 2015, and whether there is a need for any additional management changes.

Feb. 22 - Key West
6-8 p.m.
Harvey Governmental Center
1200 Truman Ave.
Key West, Florida 33040

Feb. 24 - Islamorada
6-8 p.m.
Founders Park Community Center
87000 Overseas Hwy.
Islamorada, Florida 33036

Feb. 25 - Jupiter
6-8 p.m.
The River Center
Burt Reynolds Park
805 U.S. Highway 1
Jupiter, Florida 33477

Links for more information:
Workshops

Anemone Workshop
Information: This workshop will focus on the management of a variety of anemones in Florida, including specific discussions about the giant Caribbean anemone (Condylactis gigantea), which was closed to harvest in 2012.
Feb. 23 - Key Colony Beach
6-8 p.m.
City of Key Colony Beach – City Hall
600 West Ocean Drive
Key Colony Beach, Florida 33051
 
Links for more information:
Workshops 

Snook - Atlantic
Action: Season opens Feb. 1
Information: The recreational harvest season for snook in Atlantic state and federal waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north) including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River will open Feb. 1.

Links for more information:
Snook 

 

 

SNOOK REOPENS IN ATLANTIC STATE WATERS

The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license, unless the angler is exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. As a result, the FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home, even during the open season.

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save their filleted carcasses and provide them to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store . This program allows anglers to participate in the collection of data such as the size, age, maturity and sex of Florida's premier inshore game fish, snook. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Snook,” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

The harvest of snook in all of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state waters, including Everglades National Park and all of Monroe County, remains closed until March 1. Snook harvested from the open waters of the Atlantic may not be transported through closed water or landed in the closed area. Anglers may catch and release snook during the closed season, but the FWC encourages anglers to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

 

 

 

THE 2016 LIGHT LISTS (CORRECTED THRU LNM 52/15) ARE NOW AVAILABLE 

Received from the Seventh and Eighth USCG Districts, January 12

Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public.  The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions. While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers.  Local Notices to Mariners will continue to advertise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections.

2016 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center's website at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists

Complete versions of the 2016 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates .

A summary of 2016 Light List corrections are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections

Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/543/CG-543_pol10-05.pdf

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=7

The 2016 Light Lists (corrected thru LNM 52/15) are now available.

Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public.  The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions. While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers.  Local Notices to Mariners will continue to advertise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections.

2016 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center's website at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists

Complete versions of the 2016 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates .

A summary of 2016 Light List corrections are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections

Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cgcvc/cvc/policy/policy_letters/543/CG-543_pol10-05.pdf

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=8&ext=g 

AND the following just received on January 27 from NOAA's Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Education (too late for PRINT EDITION, but will be included on website when updated for next) re: FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY.

We quote:

"I was reading your webpage about no discharge rules in the Florida Keys at www.floridacruisingcom/html/floridakeyspumpouts . Since you have such great information I thought you would want to know that there was a rule change in 2010. Vessel sewage discharge has been prohibited in state waters (state waters extend out from the land 3 miles on the Atlantic side and 9 miles on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Keys) of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary since its designation as a No Discharge Zone by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2002. However, as of December 27, 2010 all sanctuary waters - including both state and federal waters - are protected from potentially harmful vessel sewage discharge.

Effective: December 27, 2010

Activities prohibited Sanctuary-Wide:

1) Discharge of sewage incidental to vessel use and generated by a marine sanitation device in accordance with the Federal Pollution Control Act.

2) Having a marine sanitation device that is not secured in a manner that prevents discharges or deposits of treated or untreated sewage. Acceptable methods include, but are not limited to, all methods that have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Full text of the Sanctuary regulations can be found at 15 CFR 922 Subpart P and should be referred to for more specific information. For a copy of these regulations, contact the Sanctuary office at 305-809-4700 or visit floridakeys.noaa.gov ..."
We immediately sent a "thank you" to the party who supplied the information and apologize for being so late getting it to you.

 

 

FROM CAPT. JOHN YEAGER

 

 

Dania bridge project

DANIA BEACH BRIDGE CLOSURE

Project Overview

The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a $5.75 million contract to Quinn Construction to rehabilitate the Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. Construction began October 12, 2015 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2016.

Construction Update - Closure and Detour Information - January 12 through March 11

Marine Impact

During the 60-day closure, the bridge will operate on regular single leaf openings. For double leaf openings between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 12:00 A.M., boaters must provide a minimum four (4) hour notice. For double leaf openings between the hours of 12:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M., boaters must provide a minimum eight (8) hour notice. Requests shall be made to Quinn Construction at (941) 722-7722.

Vehicular Impact

Beginning January 12th, 2016 at 7 A.M., the bridge will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for 60 days.

• The detour will be as shown in the below graphic: SE 5th Avenue to Sheridan Street to North Ocean Drive/SR A1A.

• Lane shifts will occur along North Ocean Drive to maintain traffic flow during construction.

Traffic Impact - Early March through Summer 2016

One lane in each direction of the Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed.

• Lane shifts will occur along North Ocean Drive to maintain traffic flow during construction.

Project Updates

If you would like to receive project updates, lane closure information, as well as a weekly traffic report distributed by FDOT, please email cliening@corradino.com the subject of “Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge Rehabilitation Project”.

www.dot.state.fl.us 

Consistent, Predictable, Repeatable

For Additional Project Information
Contact Casey Liening, Public Information Officer
Phone: (954) 940-7585 | Email: cliening@corradino.com 

Updated January 11th, 2015

 

 

DANIA BEACH BOULEVARD BRIDGE OVER THE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS

Project Overview
The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a $5.75 million contract to Quinn Construction to rehabilitate the Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. Construction began October 12, 2015 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2016.

Construction Update - Closure and Detour Information - January 12 through March 11

Marine Impact

During the 60-day closure, the bridge will operate on regular single leaf openings. For double leaf openings between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 12:00 A.M., boaters must provide a minimum four (4) hour notice. For double leaf openings between the hours of 12:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M., boaters must provide a minimum eight (8) hour notice. Requests shall be made to Quinn Construction at (941) 722-7722.

Vehicular Impact

• Beginning January 12th, 2016 at 7 A.M., the bridge will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for 60 days.

• The detour will be as shown in the below graphic: SE 5th Avenue to Sheridan Street to North Ocean Drive/SR A1A.

• Lane shifts will occur along North Ocean Drive to maintain traffic flow during construction.

Traffic Impact - Early March through Summer 2016

One lane in each direction of the Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed.

• Lane shifts will occur along North Ocean Drive to maintain traffic flow during construction.

Project Updates
If you would like to receive project updates, lane closure information, as well as a weekly traffic report distributed by FDOT, please email cliening@corradino.com  the subject of “Dania Beach Boulevard Bridge Rehabilitation Project”.

www.dot.state.fl.us 

Consistent, Predictable, Repeatable

For Additional Project Information

Contact Casey Liening, Public Information Officer

Phone: (954) 940-7585 | Email: cliening@corradino.com

Updated January 11th, 2015

 

 

MIAMI RIVER

Capt. John Yeager has discovered an error on a bridge height on the Miami River ... The 12th Avenue Bridge is 22' closed, not 17' as shown. Our apologies ... if you use pages, you may want to jot that change down on Chart 12A.

 

 

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI – BROAD CAUSEWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Discrepancy

The Broad Causeway Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida is on singe-leaf operations at the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour until further notice. A double-leaf opening is available if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender at 305-891-2221. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 33 feet with one leaf in the closed position.

M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that starting January 12, 2015, they have begun repairing the Broad Causeway Bridge. In order to complete these repairs, the Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to operate on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening to the bridge tender. Mariners are advised that during this 480 day operation, M&J Construction will be requesting permission to block the navigation channel at night to install the fender system under the bridge. This nighttime work will minimize disruptions to marine traffic. The start of this operation will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
Ref: LNM 13 through 50-14 Chart: 11467

 

REPEATING in FEBRUARY

FLORIDA – MIAMI ENTRANCE CHANNEL – MIAMI BEACH CHANNEL – EAST VENETIAN BRIDGE:

Temporary Final Rule. The East Venetian Bridge is closed to navigation until further notice. The West Venetian Bridgeis open to navigation position until such time as the approaches to the bascule bridge have been repaired.  REF: LNM 39-14 through 41-15 and Docket Number USCG-2014-0719 Chart: 11467.

 

 

REPEATING in FEBRUARY

FLORIDA – MIAMI TO MARATHON AND FLORIDA BAY – HAWK CHANNEL – SNAKE CREEK BRIDGE: Test Deviation.

The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the regulations governing the Snake Creek Bridge across Snake Creek, Islamorada, Florida. From 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2015 until 6:00 p.m. on May 10, 2015, the Snake Creek Bridge will be allowed to open on signal, except that from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this bridge will open at the top of the hour, seven days-a-week. Ref. LNM 08 through 41-15 and Docket Number USCG-2015-0046 Chart: 11451.

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