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Size limits changed for Gulf amberjack and triggerfish

Minimum size limits increased The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved new rules Dec. 4 to increase the minimum size limits for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters.  This action is consistent with new regulations in Gulf federal waters, which extend beyond nine nautical miles offshore of Florida. Federal fisheries managers recently implemented a management plan for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf federal waters.  Greater amberjack in the Gulf are considered to...

Duck hunters out in numbers, urged to wear life jackets

Life jacket an excellent holiday gift for boating hunters Law enforcement officers are unsure why, but they’re seeing more duck hunters out on lakes around Tallahassee than any time in the past few years. “This weekend we checked 150 hunters on Lake Jackson and 60 on Lake Miccosukee,” said Lt. Kent Harvey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) area law enforcement supervisor.  “Maybe it’s the fact that permanent blinds are banned from four lakes around Tallahassee, but more duck...

Sharing an autumn sunset

Reeling in a beauty Local Tom Sloyan went fishing on Nov. 1 at Dune Allen Beach. Tom didn’t catch any fish, but reeled in some sunset beauties. Tom is co-owner of Daisy’s Garden shop on Veteran’s Road. 850.200.5571. Watch a slideshow of Tom’s sunset pictures. watch?v=CKlyoymEtdc...

Recreational Gulf red snapper season closes Nov. 1

The recreational harvest seasons for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico will close on Nov. 1.  This closure occurs each year to help rebuild overfished red snapper stocks in the Gulf. The recreational harvest and possession of red snapper is prohibited beginning Nov. 1 in Gulf state waters.  The recreational harvest of red snapper in Gulf federal waters closed on Aug. 5.  The red snapper sport season is scheduled to reopen on April 15 in Gulf state waters and...

An encounter with a living dinosaur

It’s not often one gets a chance to encounter a prehistoric creature. So when the opportunity arose to meet a fish with an ancestry that dates back 200 million years, well, I couldn’t pass. Through Nov. 7, The Panama City Field Office of the Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a Gulf sturgeon fish population census on the Choctawhatchee River. I contacted Frank Parauka, Fishery Biologist with the FWS, and he was gracious enough to allow me to tag along...

Eglin recreation permits now available

by Jerron Barnett Eglin Environmental Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said. “The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years,...