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Florida Lionfish Removal/Awareness Festival
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Florida Lionfish Removal/Awareness Festival

The 7th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival will be held May 15 and 16 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin to celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation...

Grass Carp: Interesting and Unusual Gamefish
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Grass Carp: Interesting and Unusual Gamefish

Grass carp are a conditional species in Florida and can only be possessed by permit. Any grass carp caught must be released immediately–but they’re interesting and unusual gamefish for catch and release. Size: The largest triploid grass carp documented in Florida was 15 years old, 56″ long and weighed 75 lbs. Because this is a conditional...

Opinion: Red Snapper Quotas Should Not be Slashed
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Opinion: Red Snapper Quotas Should Not be Slashed

When the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets April 12-15, the hottest topic will be the zealotry of NOAA Fisheries to calibrate recreational red snapper harvest data collected by the five Gulf States to the data collected by the federal government. The federal Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) – the faulty survey that was...

Snook Fishing Tips from Bernie Schultz and Yakima Bait
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Snook Fishing Tips from Bernie Schultz and Yakima Bait

Snook are a special species of gamefish. They can live comfortably in fresh or saltwater, and due to climate change, they’re now found throughout north Florida, south Texas, even into Georgia and South Carolina as well as their usual haunts in South Florida and the tropics. They can be caught from inlets, beaches, estuary creeks...

Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout
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Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be holding three virtual workshops to gather public input about the short-term management of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in southwest Florida. Beginning in August 2018, the FWC made a series of temporary, precautionary regulation changes to help conserve snook, redfish and spotted seatrout following a...

N.J. Hearing on Bluefish Amendment
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N.J. Hearing on Bluefish Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are seeking public comment on management options under consideration in the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. This amendment contains alternatives to: Revise the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) goals and objectives Modify the bluefish allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors Modify the...

New N.C. Regulations for Spot, Atlantic Croaker
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New N.C. Regulations for Spot, Atlantic Croaker

There are new regulations for spot and Atlantic croaker that will go into effect next month and later this year, the state Division of Marine Fisheries announced Tuesday. The new recreational bag limit of 50 fish per person, per day for each species for spot and Atlantic croaker will take effect April 15.  It will...

Nebraska Walleye Spawn Gets Underway
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Nebraska Walleye Spawn Gets Underway

LINCOLN, Neb. – Do you know what it means when the calendar approaches April Fool’s Day? No, it is not time to prank your fishing buddy. It is time for the walleyes to spawn. Many things can cue spawning in freshwater fish: weather, water temperature, moon phase, etc. One of the most important cues is...

Fisheries Biology: The Life of a Lake
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Fisheries Biology: The Life of a Lake

An understanding of fish requires not only a knowledge of the biology of the fish itself, but also study of the world it lives in and how that world affects it. While marine biology has a long history, the specific study of freshwater bodies is a rather new science only about 100 years old, and...

NOAA Announces Recreational Season for Black Sea Bass
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NOAA Announces Recreational Season for Black Sea Bass

The 2021-2022 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic, south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (35°15.19′ N. latitude), will open April 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., local time, and will close April 1, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., local time. The recreational fishing season for black sea bass in the...