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Information from COE

The latest Navigation Report can be found at:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm

Additional information concerning Okeechobee Waterway or other Navigational interests may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District web site.

General Information for the Okeechobee Waterway can be found at South Florida Operations Office web page.

FWC UPDATE — 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.

New for this update:

FWC's 2-day meeting early in April approved rules for bonefish protection by eliminating the one-fish daily recreational bag limit, changing to catch-and-release only, changing to hook and line gear only, allowing photographs to document possible record catches; creating tournament exemption permits for weigh-ins and strengthening provisions prohibiting the sale of bonefish. Rules take effect July 1.

Other items announced from the meeting include:

Grouper Fishing reopening May 1 in Atlantic and Monroe County waters.

Conditional Gulf Amberjack recreational two-month closure scheduled for Gulf of Mexico state waters depending on approval of same recreational season in federal waters.

Conditional changes to Stone Crab protection rules will be discussed at a public  hearing to be held in June.

Permit rules changes have also been proposed.

Visit MyFWC.com for more information on all of the above.

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OCALA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP

FWC's summertime camps for boys and girls ages 9 to15 will be held again this year in the Ocala National Forest. Registration is underway. The camp focuses on fish and wildlife conservation, outdoor skills and firearm safety. There will be six one-week sessions beginning June 19.  For more information or to register go to www.OcalaAventureCamp.com or call 352-525-2804.

News from USCG

Recent note from the Coast Guard advises that the construction project on the A. Max Brewer Bridge, Atlantic ICW mile 878.9, Titusville, will continue through May.

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