Workshop Offers anglers Clarity on Rules
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and Florida Sea Grant will hold a series of public workshops along Florida's gulf coast to discuss offshore recreational and commercial regulations. These will not be hearings to discuss proposed regulations, but informative sessions designed to clarify existing rules, such as license and permit requirements, seasons, equipment, length and bag limits. The local workshop will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Madeira Beach City Hall.
Meanwhile, NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a new rule that would establish a season for gag grouper to open July 1 and close when the annual catch target is met, which most analysts believe would happen in November or December. The new rule would maintain the Feb. 1 through March 31 shallow-water grouper closure outside of the 20-fathom line. To learn how to submit your comments go to sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.
St. Louis' Shane Perrin, trying to become the first standup paddleboarder to complete the WaterTribe 300-mile Everglades Challenge from Fort De Soto to Key Largo, was working his way along Everglades National Park toward the third checkpoint at Flamingo late Thursday afternoon. Paul and Alan Stewart, competing in the small sailboat monohull class, were the first to complete the race, in 2 days, 2 minutes.
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