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Florida Spiny Lobster Season has Added Bonus this Year

The 2015 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 29 and 30, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts August 6 and runs through March 31. In addition, this year, divers have an incentive to remove some invasive lionfish while they’re in the water. Divers can take […]

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Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Conservation Package Introduced in the House

From the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership: Today, the four House leaders of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Gene Green (D-Texas), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), introduced the bipartisan “Sportsmen’s Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Enhancement Act,” or SCORE Act (HR 3173), in the 114th Congress. Combined with the previously introduced SHARE […]

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ICAST 2015 Best of Show Awards Announced

The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, has just wrapped up at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST – in its 58th year as the industry’s trade show – is the […]

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The Future of Saltwater Recreational Fishing

Tomorrow, June 25, your U.S. Senators will vote on a bill that is critical to the future of recreational fishing. S. 1403, the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, is the latest update to the Magnuson-Stevens Act – the nation’s primary marine fisheries law. While several provisions focus on the Southeast, this bill affects all saltwater fisheries. […]

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Gag Grouper Recreational Harvest Opening in Most Gulf Waters; Closing in 4-County Region

Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters July 1. The same day, the season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including […]

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Alabama Senator Shelby Takes Action to Address Mismanagement of Gulf Red Snapper Fishery

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved Senator Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill. The bill included a number of provisions that attempt to address the ongoing mismanagement of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery that has resulted in the current 10-day season for private recreational anglers. “Senator […]

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NOAA Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to Reallocate the Commercial and Recreational Harvest of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is considering an action to reallocate the red snapper harvest between the commercial and recreational sectors. The […]

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Public Locked Out of Biscayne National Park

Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP includes a marine reserve, eliminating fishing and severely restricting boating in over 10,000 acres of […]

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Review: Discovery Channel’s New Catching Monsters

Discovery Channel will air a new reality-based show tonight that focuses on catching massive Atlantic Bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic: Catching Monsters. Discovery was kind enough to let us screen the premiere episode ahead of broadcast tonight, and we’d like to offer a few thoughts on the show. First, as one might expect, it’s […]

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Sportfishing Industry Association Appoints Manager for the Keep Florida Fishing Initiative

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that Gary Jennings, a life-long, avid angler and boater, has joined the ASA staff as the Manager of the Keep Florida Fishing initiative. Jennings brings close to 20 years of experience in the fishing and boating industries to this new position. His tenure began on June […]

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2014 Recreational Red Snapper Numbers Show Real-Time, Regional Management is the Way to Go

NOAA Fisheries recently released data on recreational red snapper landings for the 2014 season. Across the Gulf of Mexico, recreational fishermen landed 3,866,531 pounds of red snapper in 2014, 28 percent below the recreational quota of 5.39 million pounds. These data, mainly from NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), were released months after the […]

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New Discovery Channel Series: “Catching Monsters”

Up in the unforgiving North Atlantic, in a small sacred stretch of ocean, treasure lurks in the deep.  In just 1,000 square nautical miles, a group of hearty fishermen battle it out for the biggest and most valuable fish in the sea – the monster Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.  These massive fish make the tuna caught off […]

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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation

A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries. “The House action recognizes the increasing popularity of saltwater recreational fishing, which […]

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Amberjack Harvest Closes June 1 in Florida Gulf State Waters

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes June 1 and will remain closed through July 31, reopening Aug. 1. Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida’s valuable greater amberjack populations and improve these fisheries for the future. Learn more about recreational fishing at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational […]

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Atlantic Snook Season to Close in Florida State and Federal Waters

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1. Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal and state waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, on Sept. 1. Snook is also closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, including Everglades National Park […]

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INVENTIVE FISHING Remembers This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend, Inventive Fishing remembers the men and women who died while serving in America’s Armed Forces. FISH ON!    

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Anglers Reminded to Report Red Snapper Landed in Alabama

The Marine Resources Division reminds recreational red snapper anglers that the captain or owner of any vessel, private or charter, is required to report all red snapper kept and discarded dead prior to landing in Alabama. Only one report is required per vessel trip and anglers can provide information via one of the following methods; […]

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New Report Demonstrates that Banning Traditional Fishing Tackle in California Will Cause Significant Economic Harm

A report released on Monday by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state. The report, “Effects on the Ban on Traditional-Based Tackle for Fishing in California on […]

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Study of Injuries Suffered During Catch & Release of Red Snapper Boosted by Fisheries Innovation Grant

The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been awarded a federal Fisheries Innovation Grant totaling $209,326 to study pressure-related injuries often suffered by Red Snapper during catch and release fishing. The funding also will continue research to […]

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Gulf State Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens Memorial Day Weekend

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters opens to harvest Memorial Day weekend. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, closing July 13. This season […]

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