Audubon Declares Areas In And Around The Florida Keys A Birder’s Paradise

You already know about great fishing in the Florida Keys; but are you aware of the winged riches there? The National Audubon Society has just recognized Florida’s Everglades and Biscayne Bay as “Globally Significant Important Bird Areas,” measured by a

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Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lealane/2015/07/05/audubon-declares-areas-in-and-around-the-florida-keys-a-birders-paradise/

New program: Harvest a lionfish, get an extra lobster

Spearfishermen who bag at least 10 lionfish a day during the two-day lobster mini-season next month will be entitled to an extra lobster if state fishery managers approve a new pilot program this week.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Article source: http://keysnews.com/node/67644

National Park Secrets: 10 Fresh Ways to Find Paradise

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary next year, meaning hoopla, poo-bahs, and crowds. If 2014 saw a record 292.8 million park visitors, just imagine the chaos that a centennial year will bring. Even this year, parks are expecting record

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Article source: http://www.outsideonline.com/1968116/national-park-secrets-10-fresh-ways-find-paradise

The Florida Keys, The Way They Were

Nothing is really remembered without nostalgia. The way things were during
vacations taken long ago are memories of wonderful times, simpler times, when it
was normal to take time, to spend time, to enjoy time. It was more than justTo read the full article:
Article source: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/blog/the-florida-keys-the-way-they-were/

Islamorada small, but a treasure to visit.

ISLAMORADA, FLa. — There’s no downtown to speak of here. And as islands go, the beaches are fairly few and far between. And if you didn’t know much about it before you hit the road, you might pass right through

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Article source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/TRAV-FloridaKeys-0419-6200423.php

Where there’s dolphin around, expect the marlin to be close

Keysnet.com –  Well looks like we made it through another festive holiday weekend. Even with the crowds, there were some great catches both in the backcountry and offshore.

Like most guides and captains, I had several charters over the course of

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Article source: http://www.keysnet.com/2014/07/10/497737/where-theres-dolphin-around-expect.html?sp=/99/254/235/

Lionfish, the savory menace, swims its way onto restaurant menus

A venomous fish with destructive habits has surfaced as a tasty meal at several South Florida restaurants.

“We love serving, and our customers love dining on, lionfish,” said Michael Ledwith, chef-owner of Chef Michael’s in Islamorada. “We have had

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Article source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/07/4222585/lionfish-the-savory-menace-swims.html

Buy a Private Island in the Florida Keys for $110M

Bloomberg’s LI$TED takes a look at some of the most exclusive real estate available on the market. Pumpkin Key, the most expensive private island, is for sale in the Florida Keys and it’s just a quick helicopter ride from Miami.

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Article source: http://pursuitist.com/buy-a-private-island-in-the-florida-keys-for-110m/

Marine Fisheries Monthly August 2014 – FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management

From FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management

Red Snapper – Gulf, Workshops

Action: Recreational workshop Aug. 11 in St. Petersburg

Information: The public is invited to attend the Aug. 11 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper workshop in St. Petersburg. Discussions will include state and federal management of recreational red snapper and potential future approaches to managing this fishery. The workshop is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 3rd floor conference room, 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.

Links for more information:   Workshops [MyFWC.com]


Lionfish

Action: Management changes effective Aug. 1

Information: Lionfish are invasive species that negatively impact Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Several management changes go into effect Aug. 1 that will help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introduction of these species into the waters.

Changes include:

  • Prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
  • Allowing lionfish to be removed when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time (currently, you cannot harvest any fish when using a rebreather); and
  • Allowing participants in approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not currently allowed (such as certain state parks). This will be done through a permitting system.

Links for more information:  Lionfish [MyFWC.com]


Greater Amberjack – Gulf

Action: Season opens Aug. 1

Information: Recreational harvest of greater amberjack opens Aug. 1 in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters.

The minimum size limit is 30 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail and the daily bag limit is one fish per person.

Links for more information:  Greater Amberjack [MyFWC.com]


Gray Triggerfish – Gulf

Action: Season opens Aug. 1 in state waters

Information: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish opens Aug. 1 in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles). Gray triggerfish remains closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31.

The minimum size limit is 14 inches when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail and the daily bag limit is two fish per person when the season is open.

Links for more information:  Gray Triggerfish [MyFWC.com]


Spiny Lobster

Action: Season opens Aug. 6

Information: Spiny lobster opens to recreational and commercial harvest in state and federal waters Aug. 6.

The daily recreational bag and possession limit is six per person.

Spiny lobster must be measured before they are removed from the water and must have a carapace larger than 3 inches. The carapace is measured beginning at the forward edge between the rostral horns, excluding any soft tissue, and proceeding along the middle to the rear edge of the carapace. (see illustration)

Harvest is prohibited in Everglades National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary, Dry Tortugas National Park and the no-take areas of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Blue Crab

Action: Trap closures slated for Aug. 10-19 and Aug. 20-29

Information: In an effort to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps, the FWC has established regional blue crab trap closures. These closed seasons only apply to standard blue crab traps. The harvest of blue crabs by other gear, such as dip nets and fold-up traps, is permitted during the closures. Traps that are attached to private property such as a dock are not included in the closures.

All waters of Brevard through Palm Beach counties, excluding the St. Johns River system, will be closed to the use of blue crab traps from Aug. 10-19.

All waters from the Georgia/Florida state line, excluding the St. Johns River system, south through Volusia County will be closed to the use of blue crab traps from Aug. 20-29.

Links for more information: Blue Crab [MyFWC.com]


Permit

Action: Season reopens Aug. 1 in Special Permit Zone

Information: Harvest of permit inside the special permit zone reopens Aug. 1. The daily bag limit is one fish person and two per vessel and the minimum size limit is 22 inches fork length inside this zone. The Special Permit Zone includes state and federal waters south of Cape Florida in the Atlantic and south of Cape Sable in the Gulf.

The harvest of permit from areas north of the Special Permit Zone is open year-round with bag limit of 2 fish per person and size limit of not less 11inches or more than 22 inches fork length.  

Links for more information:  Permit [MyFWC.com]

Provided by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Kayak Trail Beckons Paddlers

Your kayak slows over turquoise water only a few inches deep. Something shimmers ahead – a heat mirage? It looks like houses in crayon colors: yellow, green, red and blue, somehow hovering weightlessly over the bay.

Squinting now – no, these

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Article source: http://www.allatsea.net/florida-kayak-trail-beckons-paddlers/

Between Miami and Key West: Florida’s different vibe

Florida’s popularity with Canadians is no secret. During the winter, provincial licence plates are almost as common as state ones in beach towns along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Attraction-packed Orlando and glitzy Miami draw huge Canadian contingents, too.

But mention

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Article source: http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/01/16/between-miami-and-key-west-floridas-different-vibe

The Perfect Florida Road Trip Through the Florida Keys

“The Florida Keys are laid-back, delightfully kitschy…and best seen from a convertible. So throw some T-shirts and shorts in a duffel bag, fill up the gas tank, and leave plenty of time for snorkeling, walking in the footsteps of

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Article source: http://www.cntraveler.com/top-destinations/united-states/florida/2014/florida-keys-travel-guide