Puffer Fish Prohibition

 

68B-3.007 icon_external.png Prohibition on Take of Puffer Fish in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties.

In the waters of Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties, the taking of fish commonly known as puffers, Genus Sphoeroides, is prohibited.

Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History-New 7-15-04

*Eating puffer fish (also called blowfish) can cause saxitoxin Not a Mobile-Enabled Link poisoning which can lead to neurological symptoms such as tingling, burning, numbness, drowsiness, incoherent speech and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, the poisoning can cause death. Cooking or cleaning the fish will not destroy the toxin. This toxin also has no taste, color or smell. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, contact your physician or visit the emergency room immediately.

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