Commercial Regulations for Permit, Florida Pompano and African Pompano

pompano1-january1999-1.jpgCommercial State and Federal Regulations:

 

Species

Minimum Size Limits

Closed Season

Daily Bag Limit

Gear

Remarks

Permit inside SPZ (see map below)

No commercial harvest inside SPZ

     

No commercial harvest inside SPZ

Permit in all other waters

Not less than 11" or more than 20" fork length

 

100 Incidental bycatch

Only incidental bycatch allowed outside SPZ when fishing with nets targeting other species in federal waters.

 

Florida pompano without endorsement

11" - 20" fork length

 

Direct harvest: 250 pompano trip limit

Incidental bycatch with gillnets in federal waters: 100 pompano

Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine

 

Florida Pompano caught as incidental bycatch in federal waters must be transported through state waters without stopping.

Florida pompano with pompano endorsement in PEZ (see map below)

 

11" - 20" fork length

 

Unlimited

 

Gill and entangling nets, hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine

 

Must have Pompano endorsement to use gill and entangling nets in the PEZ (Federal waters between Hurricane pass and Cape Sable in the Gulf).

Must transit all harvested fish directly through state waters to land without stopping and must be landed within the PEZ.

African pompano

24" fork length

 

2 per person or per vessel whichever is less

State waters: hook and line only; Federal waters:  Hook and line and spearing

No spearing in state waters

*Permit, Florida pompano and African pompano must be landed in whole condition.Pompano_SPZ.jpg

 

Click here to apply for a Pompano Endorsement Adobe PDF

 

Commercial Florida Pompano Fishing

Without Pompano endorsement

Persons harvesting Florida pompano in state and federal waters who have a saltwater products license with a restricted species endorsement, but do not possess a pompano endorsement, shall be subject to a daily harvest and landing limit of 250 individual Florida pompano.

Simultaneous possession of Florida pompano and gill or entangling nets is prohibited in state waters unless pompano were harvested in federal waters as incidental bycatch. Vessels carrying pompano harvested in federal waters as incidental bycatch with gill and entangling nets must travel directly through state waters to land without stopping.

Incidental bycatch harvested with gill or entangling nets in federal waters may not exceed 100 Florida pompano.

With Pompano endorsment

Persons harvesting Florida pompano in state and federal waters who have a saltwater products license with a restricted species endorsement and a pompano endorsement can harvest an unlimited number of pompano with gill and entangling nets in addition to allowable gear within the Pompano Endorsement Zone, south of Hurricane Pass and north of Cape Sable.

Florida pompano harvested in federal waters with gill or entangling nets must be landed in Florida within the boundaries of the Pompano Endorsement Zone. Vessels with gill nets and Florida pompano on board at the same time must travel through state waters without stopping.

Gill nets used to directly harvest Florida pompano in federal waters must be at least 400 yards long, at least 70 meshes deep at its shallowest point and have a stretched mesh size of at least 4 1/2 inches throughout.

Management efforts

In June 2011, the Commission amended the rule for permit, Florida pompano and African pompano to further enhance and protect Florida's permit fishery, while also strengthening management of the Florida pompano and African pompano fisheries.

To better manage permit for these different uses, the FWC created a Special Permit Zone, which includes all state and federal waters south of a line running due east from Cape Florida and south of a line running due west from Cape Sable. The remainder of the state (north of these lines) makes up another management zone.

In the Special Permit Zone, the commercial harvest of permit will be prohibited.  Outside this zone no commercial harvest for permit is allowed, however, commercial fishers who are targeting other species with nets outside of the Special Permit Zone are allowed an incidental bycatch trip limit of 100 fish. In addition, the rules extend current FWC Florida pompano commercial gear regulations and commercial trip and size limits into federal waters.

 

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