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February 2011-- Volume 29-Issue 1

Section A - News & Regulations

OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY, FLORIDA NOTICES & INFORMATION
Most recent information on the Okeechobee Waterway, dated 9 November, advises that Canaveral Lock will be closed this winter for installing new manatee protection systems there. The lock will be closed for passage through February 24, 2011 and again from March 15 through April 23, 2011. (Read More...)
 

FWC UPDATE — Notes on Openings, Closings, Rule Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (a/k/a FWC) keeps us up to date on changes that fishermen, and even cruising-fishermen, should know, and other items of interest to boating people. As the audience is somewhat varied, we now just 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 DATABASE TO HELP REDUCE DERELICT VESSELS
A program has been launched to help prevent vessels in state waterways from becoming derelict; wherein FWC officers will collaborate with local sheriffs and police to enter information about potential derelict vessels into a statewide database. When a vessel is thought to be potentially "at risk," information and photos will be posted and a letter mailed to registered owner. (Read More at MyFWC.com/boating)
ATLANTIC VERMILION SNAPPER & SOUTHERN FLORIDA SPOTTED SEATROUT SEASONS ...
... ARE CLOSED, as of November 1, in state and federal waters.
(More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554.
New for this update:
GROUPER HARVEST closed January 1 in Atlantic and Monroe County waters. (More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554
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FWC SEEKS INPUT ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO RED DRUM RULES. (More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554.
GULF GAG GROUPER recreational harvest in federal waters closed Jan. 1 for 6 months. (More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554.
SPOTTED SEATROUT season reopened Jan. 1 in Southern Florida areas. (More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554.
ATLANTIC SNOOK HARVEST closed December 15; catch and release still okay. (More at FWC Site) or call 850-487-0554.
More information on all of this HERE
Plans on Broward County Manatee Protection will be addressed at meetings in April or June. More at MyFWC.com/Manatee.
 

REPAIRS for FLORIDA BRIDGES

ATLANTIC ICW -

TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES — A. MAX BREWER BRIDGE, Mile 878.9, Titusville. Being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This work will continue through April 2011.

BOOT KEY HARBOR BRIDGE DEMOLITION HAS BEEN COMPLETED!
 

SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

SECTION C -The "Back Page" ... News from FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE
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