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DECEMBER 2014

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Grand Slams, Snook, Gag Grouper, Gray TriggerfishSeason Updates, Events


Commission Meeting

Action: Marine Fisheries items

Information: The FWC Commission discussed several marine fisheries management items Nov. 20 at the meeting in Key Largo. They took action on the following:

  • Changing the red grouper recreational daily bag limit in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico excluding Monroe County from 4-fish to 2-fish within the 4-grouper aggregate bag limit, effective Jan. 1

Topics discussed by the Commission:

  • Federal fishery management
  • The spiny lobster commercial dive fishery
  • Stakeholder concerns about the barracuda population in South Florida (this item will be brought back for workshops in 2015)
  • Lionfish outreach and education efforts

Links for more information:

Commission [MyFWC.com]

News Releases [MyFWC.com]


New Grand Slams

Action: Try your hand at one of our 9 new Grand Slams

Information: Do you think you have what it takes to catch a new and improved Saltwater Grand Slam? Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a 24-hour period.

The new Grand Slams include:

  • Inshore Grand Slam: red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder
  • Family Slam: any three fish in the same family (example: red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout)
  • Blue Water Slam: dolphinfish, sailfish, wahoo
  • Florida Grand Slam: permit, tarpon, bonefish
  • Shoreline Slam: sheepshead, kingfish(whiting), Florida pompano
  • Reefs and Rubble Slam: black sea bass, gag, gray triggerfish
  • Nearshore Slam: cobia, tripletail, king mackerel
  • Bay and Estuary Slam: gray (mangrove) snapper, snook, Spanish mackerel
  • Small Fry Slam (for children 15 and under): pinfish, grunt, catfish

Links to more information:

Angler Recognition [MyFWC.com]


Snook


Action: Gulf season closes Dec. 1; Atlantic closes Dec. 15

Information: The recreational harvest season for snook closes:

  • Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2015, reopening to harvest March 1, 2015.
  • Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2015, reopening to harvest Feb. 1, 2015.

Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season.

Links for more information:

Snook [MyFWC.com]


Gag Grouper


Action: Gulf seasonal closures

Information: Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2.

State waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties were open from April 1 through June 30 and were not open during the July 1-through-Dec. 3 season. Monroe County is also excluded from the July 1-through-Dec. 3 season because it is included in the Atlantic rules for gag grouper.

Links for more information:

Gulf Grouper [MyFWC.com]


Gray Triggerfish


Action: Federal Atlantic recreational season closed Nov. 26

Information: The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish closed in Atlantic federal waters Nov. 26. The season will reopen Jan. 1. The season remains open in state waters of the Atlantic, which are from shore to 3 nautical miles.

Links for more information:

NOAA Bulletin [Sero.nmfs.noaa.gov]


SEASON UPDATES

Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for December-January.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at MyFWC.com for more.)  

Dec. 1 –

Dec. 4 –

Dec. 15 –

Jan. 1 –

Jan. 5-14 –

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations [MyFWC.com]

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DECEMBER 2014-JANUARY 2015 EVENTS             

Dec. 6: Kids’ Fishing Clinic - Marathon

Jan. 13-16: Florida Artificial Reef Summit – Clearwater Beach

 
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