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.
Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at
In late June, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) corrected a report that misleadingly overstated the economic size of the domestic commercial fishing industry in the U.S. The corrected data indicate that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion larger than the commercial fishing industry.
The misleading part of the report was that it included imported seafood in the equation, which skewed the figures heavily in favor of a larger commercial sector. When seafood imports, fish and shellfish not caught by recreational anglers are removed from the equation, recreational fishing generates $33.3 billion more than their commercial counterparts while taking fewer pounds of fish. This is an important consideration when management decisions are being discussed that impact domestic fisheries.
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at
You are invited
Annual Fish Fry
Wednesday, August 20th, 7 pm
at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club.
Come on down and enjoy local fish caught by our members. We usually have a nice variety of Mahi, Snappers, Groupers and maybe a tuna or two! It’s always a surprise. Side dishes include hush puppies, cole slaw, salads and desserts. Ice tea is included with your meal. Beer and soda are available.
Cost is $5 and a side dish for members. $10 for non-members. Please RSVP Vicky Tillman at 772.464.1440 to reserve your seat and let her know what dish you will be bringing.
Membership is $50 a year and the year is October 1st thru September 30th. Join that night and your membership will be effective August 20th, 2014 thru September 30th, 2015.
See you there!
Monday, August 4th, 2014 at
Lionfish: Management changes effective August 1
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 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.
- 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.
More information at: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lionfish/
Spiny Lobster: Season opens August 6
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)
More information at: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lobster/
Monday, August 4th, 2014 at
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is requesting public input on proposed management measures affecting the fishery management plans for snapper grouper, dolphin and wahoo, coastal migratory pelagics (includes king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia) and golden crab. The public is encouraged to provide written comment and participate in upcoming public hearings scheduled from August 6-14, 2014, throughout the region on the proposed changes to management measures.
One of the proposed management measures under consideration is Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 / Snapper Grouper Amendment 33 which, if approved and implemented, will allow recreational fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and update regulations that currently allow recreational fishermen to bring snapper grouper fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. EEZ
More details on all the proposed management measures and public hearing dates can be reviewed at:
Friday, July 25th, 2014 at
June 1, 2013 – Gov. Rick Scott signed H.B. 4001 to REPEAL a prior law enabled by former Gov. Charlie Crist that required ethanol in gasoline. Ethanol damages marine engines. Effective July 1, 2013, the bill removes the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in this state include a percentage of ethanol.
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/