Fishing

Jeff Naylor

Florida wildlife officials are encouraging marine fishers to participate in three Saltwater Angler Recognition programs for prizes. The programs are meant to engage anglers and build on conservation efforts.

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If you hook a pelican or any other seabird by mistake, Florida wildlife officials want anglers to know it’s important not to cut the line. Craig Faulhaber is the Avian Conservation Coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He says to start, it’s better to reel the bird in slowly and evenly.

Red Drum
Hugh McCormick Smith

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking to make temporary fishing limits permanent from Pasco to Escambia county.  The one fish per day restriction for red drum will get a final hearing in September.

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State wildlife officials want fishing enthusiasts to know about the hazards of a certain fishing line that could injure and even cause the death of Florida wildlife.

Sunshine Bass
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will put more than 3 million fish into Florida’s waters this year, a good portion of which will be a special hybrid of bass. The agency says the fish is beneficial to both anglers and the environment.

There will be a little more "sunshine" in Florida, as the FWC plans to ship out its special sunshine bass breed next spring.

Capital Report: 06-06-2014

Jun 6, 2014

Recreational fishermen spend almost nine billion dollars in Florida each year. But this year, the fishing season for one popular saltwater fish has been drastically cut. As Jessica Palombo reports, the nine-day red snapper season has boat captains, congressmen and government-appointed fish managers all calling for changes to how fish supplies are managed.

fishing boats
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Recreational fishermen spend almost $9 billion dollars in Florida each year. But this year, the fishing season for one popular saltwater fish has been drastically cut. The nine-day red snapper season has boat captains, congressmen and government-appointed fish managers all calling for changes to how fish supplies are managed.

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This Sunday, people can fish in Florida without a license. License-free days are the state’s way of inviting people to try fishing, an industry that brings in about $5 billion dollars annually.

At Crum’s Mini Mall in the Florida Panhandle, bait and tackle shop owner Ronald Crum is adding staff ahead of Labor Day Weekend.

“And the fish are biting," he says.

Florida's Fishing Tourism Nets $5 Billion

Aug 27, 2013
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Florida’s fishing industry is one of the largest in the country and that includes fishing tourism. A new study shows the tourism has an almost $5 billion economic impact in the state.

Florida TaxWatch, a non-partisan research firm in Tallahassee, released a study that said Florida’s fishing tourism nets $36 million in fishing licenses alone. Additionally, fishing tourism supports more than 80,000 jobs across the state’s service and hospitality industries. TaxWatch Chief Economist Jerry Parrish says when tourists come to fish in Florida, they come ready to spend some clams.

The Bass Was 'THIS Big!' And FWC Wants To Know About It

Feb 25, 2013

Saving the freshwater bass of Florida could be as easy as going fishing. A new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission program called Trophy Catch is turning that prized catch into a data collection service for the Commission.