Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at
Welcome Aboard. . . .
Welcome to the Ft. Pierce Sportfishing Club, located in Ft. Pierce, the best fishing area in all of Florida. Established in 1980 as a family organization whose members share a common interest in sportfishing, conservation, community service and boating. Our members enjoy both inshore and offshore fishing in local waters that produce spectacular catches in one of the most diverse fisheries anywhere. Come join us the third Wednesday of every month at the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club located on the beautiful Indian River starting at 7 pm. Admission is always free and you don’t have to be a member to attend.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 20th.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at
July 2, 2013 – Depending on one’s perspective, goliath grouper are either a conservation success story or a protected species that no longer needs help, according to the University of Florida’s survey in 2013.
Atlantic goliath grouper, part of the sea bass family, were overfished from the 1960s through the 1980s and their numbers thinned until 1990, when a harvest moratorium was put into place in US waters. As the name suggests, the slow-moving fish can reach 800 pounds and more than 8 feet in length. They’re found off Florida’s coasts, throughout the Caribbean and off West Africa.
While it appears conservation efforts have worked and goliath grouper numbers have grown, scientists still don’t have a firm grip on how well the species have recovered.
The species’ recovery is good news to some groups, such as scuba tour guides who show the impressive fish to their clients. But for some anglers who’ve had the misfortune of goliath grouper snatching their catch from fishing lines or spears, the large fish may have bounced back too well.
A team of UF and Florida Sea Grant researchers surveyed nearly 6,000 stakeholders in the goliath grouper debate and facilitated a workshop with stakeholder groups, in hopes of finding common ground. The findings were presented to policy makers at the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council in June 2013.
Survey results link: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2013/07/ufifas-study-finds-feelings-run-deep-in-goliath-grouper-debate/
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at
May 20, 2013
Dear Florida BoatU.S. Member,
Would you like the option of fueling your boat with ethanol-free gasoline? We need your help to make this easier in Florida. A state law passed in 2008 mandates that all gasoline sold in Florida contain 9 to 10 percent ethanol. Although there is an exception for fuel sold for use in boats, this law has made finding ethanol-free fuel more difficult.
HB 4001, which would repeal the Florida ethanol mandate, has passed the Florida Legislature and now awaits Governor Scott’s signature. In order to sustain your ability to buy ethanol-free fuel for your boat and other small engines, we urge you to ask the Governor to sign
BoatU.S. recognizes that renewable fuels are an important part of our nation’s overall energy future and that boaters over the past few years have had some challenges with ethanol. While there can be honest differences of opinion over the merits of using corn-based ethanol as a renewable fuel source, it is clear that many boaters still want options.
A few important items to consider:
- There are over 850,000 registered boats in Florida, most of which use gasoline.
- Recreational boating is a $10 billion per year industry in the state and employs 40,633 people.
- Although you can currently find ethanol-free fuel in some marinas, the state mandate has made it more difficult to find it at gas stations and convenience stores.
- While gasoline with ethanol may cost less than ethanol-free gasoline, it also contains less energy, requiring more trips to the pump.
Please contact Governor Scott and urge him to sign HB 4001. Click here
to use the easy BoatU.S. email system to send him your message.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at
May 16, 2013 - The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) today sent a letter to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Regional Administrator Roy Crabtree, along with several key members of Congress, charging the federal fisheries agency with violating federal law. (Click here to download a PDF version of RFA’s letter.)
“Dr. Crabtree recently took a position against the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) and its chairman Doug Boyd that RFA believes is a gross infringement of the Magnuson Stevens Act,” said RFA executive director Jim Donofrio. “This federal agency is making its own legal opinions in ignoring the will of stakeholders at the Gulf Council, with what appears to be zero managerial oversight within the U.S. Department of Commerce.”
Donofrio said the fact that there has been no official Secretary of Commerce confirmation in Washington for the past year, while the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere position has been vacant for the past three months, is especially troubling for coastal fishermen who have been waging an uphill battle against over-burdensome bureaucracy for years.
“The Commerce Department has been hostile towards our coastal businesses during the past five years, that’s been proven by previous Inspector General reports in light of document shredding, predatory enforcement and misuse of federal funds at NOAA Fisheries,” Donofrio said. “To see this latest round of attacks by NOAA against our Gulf fishermen is proof that Congress needs to step up and step in
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at
PEW PARTNERS UP FOR MAGNUSON FIGHT
RFA Warns Of Environmental Duplicity In New Bluefin Ploy
March 26,2013 - After 6-1/2 years of heavy political pressure, a pair of national rallies, and promises by more than a dozen respected members of Congress, U.S. saltwater anglers are perplexed at the lack of legislative movement to protect sensible access to coastal fisheries. Sadly, since the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act in late 2006, a number of debilitating fisheries facts have come to reality:
- Since switching over from traditional days-at-sea limits to sector management in 2010, New England’s cod fishery has collapsed with legislation recently introduced to help defray the cost of a $150 million fisheries disaster.
on the RFA web site: http://www.joinrfa.org/