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  • Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend
    Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend -

    Toolkit: ReefRangers.com/About/Festival External Website    

    Lionfish Festival Promo Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/5Erl6iJMrv8 External Website 

    Lionfish Festival

    Photo by Avery Bristol.

    The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19) with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners.

    This year’s fourth annual event will be at a new location: the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.

    Activities include fillet demonstrations, free lionfish tastings prepared by celebrity chefs, family-friendly games and activities, and more than 40 art, diving and conservation booths.

    New this year, a benefit concert by Little Texas External Website will take place on Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m., presented by Coast Watch Alliance and Lionfish University.

    The event also coincides with the annual Lionfish World Championship Tournament, External Website hosted by Coast Watch Alliance.

    Double your chances at prizes and glory by signing up for the tournament and the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, an FWC lionfish removal incentive program that starts on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. Thanks to this year’s Lionfish Challenge sponsors, if you find an FWC-tagged lionfish, you could possibly win up to $5,000. Harvesters who remove the most lionfish will be crowned the recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion. Register today at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

    The Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival and the Lionfish World Championship Tournament are presented by sponsors Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Wind Creek Atmore and OWA (VisitOwa.com). External Website

    Statewide lionfish events

    Can’t make the festival and tournament in Perdido Key? Find an event near you External Website by clicking on “Lionfish Festival” at the top of ReefRangers.com and scrolling down. Statewide events include:

    • Lion Tamer Tournament – Panama City Beach.
    • Sebastian Lionfish Fest – Sebastian.
    • Florida Skin Divers Association’s Lionfish Calcutta – St. Petersburg.

    Look for other event updates at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by clicking on “Lionfish Derbies and Events.”

    Questions?

    Contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

    What is Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day?

    Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) raises awareness about lionfish; a nonnative, invasive species that has the potential to negatively impact native species and habitat.

    Thanks to the following 2018 Lionfish Challenge sponsors:

    • American Sportfishing Association.
    • Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
    • Boat Owners Association of The United States.
    • National Marine Manufacturers Association.
    • Coastal Conservation Association Florida.
    • Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
    • Dive Rite.
    • Narked Scuba.
    • Lionator Pole Spears.

    Links

    Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

    Facebook

    Website

    Photos (Flickr): https://flic.kr/s/aHskzMK2Lb%20 External Website    

    Lionfish Challenge Promo Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

    Download Lionfish Challenge Promo Video (Vimeo): https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website

Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Experience some of the best charter fishing south Florida has to offer. Our captains have 30+ years of experience to help make your Naples / Marco Island fishing trip one to remember. Fishing in an estuary is a unique esperience! You'll fish for Snook, Red Snapper, Drum Tarpon, Trout, Tripletail, Shark, Grouper, or Pompano. These are just a few of the many species in the 10,000 Islands.
Visit Double R's Fishing Tours Website


Captain Phil DeVille Fishing Charters
Capt. Phil DeVille – 10,000 Islands Backwaters - Everglades National Park Fishing Tours, Port of the Islands, Naples, FL | 239-293-5480
Share Captain Phil's passion for the Ten Thousand Islands - Florida Everglades charter fishing trips. Fish for Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Snapper, Flounder and more from a 17' Mitzi Skiff Flats Boatfish. Over 15 varieties of edible fish and great sport fishing. Up to 189 species of birds may be seen in a single trip. View alligators, crocodiles, osprey, eagles, dolphin, and manatee.
View Captain Phil DeVille's Website


Sunshine Fishing Charters Marco Island FL
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provide unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private fishing charters available.
Visit Sunshine Fishing Charters Website
Outgoing Charters Captain Jesse Hill
Outgoing Charters - Captain Jesse Hill, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Port of the Islands, FL | 239-825-6283
At Outgoing Charters the customer comes first. Whether it's family fun or hardcore fishing, Captain Jesse Hill is a 4th generation native guide who will cater to your specific wants and needs. Light tackle, back country fishing in Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. Fish for redfish, snook and more. You'll enjoy a comfortable boat with quality gear. Captain Jesse's ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations.
Visit Outgoing Charters Everglades Fishing Website

  • Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend
    Don’t forget: 2018 Lionfish Festival is this weekend -

    Toolkit: ReefRangers.com/About/Festival External Website    

    Lionfish Festival Promo Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/5Erl6iJMrv8 External Website 

    Lionfish Festival

    Photo by Avery Bristol.

    The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19) with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners.

    This year’s fourth annual event will be at a new location: the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.

    Activities include fillet demonstrations, free lionfish tastings prepared by celebrity chefs, family-friendly games and activities, and more than 40 art, diving and conservation booths.

    New this year, a benefit concert by Little Texas External Website will take place on Sunday, May 20, at 5 p.m., presented by Coast Watch Alliance and Lionfish University.

    The event also coincides with the annual Lionfish World Championship Tournament, External Website hosted by Coast Watch Alliance.

    Double your chances at prizes and glory by signing up for the tournament and the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, an FWC lionfish removal incentive program that starts on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. Thanks to this year’s Lionfish Challenge sponsors, if you find an FWC-tagged lionfish, you could possibly win up to $5,000. Harvesters who remove the most lionfish will be crowned the recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion. Register today at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

    The Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival and the Lionfish World Championship Tournament are presented by sponsors Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Wind Creek Atmore and OWA (VisitOwa.com). External Website

    Statewide lionfish events

    Can’t make the festival and tournament in Perdido Key? Find an event near you External Website by clicking on “Lionfish Festival” at the top of ReefRangers.com and scrolling down. Statewide events include:

    • Lion Tamer Tournament – Panama City Beach.
    • Sebastian Lionfish Fest – Sebastian.
    • Florida Skin Divers Association’s Lionfish Calcutta – St. Petersburg.

    Look for other event updates at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by clicking on “Lionfish Derbies and Events.”

    Questions?

    Contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

    What is Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day?

    Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) raises awareness about lionfish; a nonnative, invasive species that has the potential to negatively impact native species and habitat.

    Thanks to the following 2018 Lionfish Challenge sponsors:

    • American Sportfishing Association.
    • Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
    • Boat Owners Association of The United States.
    • National Marine Manufacturers Association.
    • Coastal Conservation Association Florida.
    • Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
    • Dive Rite.
    • Narked Scuba.
    • Lionator Pole Spears.

    Links

    Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

    Facebook

    Website

    Photos (Flickr): https://flic.kr/s/aHskzMK2Lb%20 External Website    

    Lionfish Challenge Promo Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

    Download Lionfish Challenge Promo Video (Vimeo): https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website

  • FWC reopens Area 3A North in the Everglades WMA complex
    FWC reopens Area 3A North in the Everglades WMA complex -

    Recent rains have raised water levels in the portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area known as 3A North (north of Interstate 75 and west of U.S. 27), prompting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reopen the area. In April, the area was closed due to low water levels. The dry conditions increased the threat of vehicle-ignited wildfires in the area.

    On Wednesday, May 16, Water Conservation Area 3A North within the Everglades WMA complex will once again be accessible by vehicle, airboat, all-terrain vehicle and other public access, pursuant to area rules.

    For updated closure and reopening information, visit MyFWC.com/Viewing and click on “Wildlife Management Areas” and then “Open/Closed Status.” If you have additional questions, call the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.

    To see the executive order, go to MyFWC.com/About and click on “Executive Orders.”

    To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

  • Stone crab season closes May 16
    Stone crab season closes May 16 -

    The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource.

    Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

    Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season. Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.

    Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.”

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on the commercial and recreational stone crab fishery. Learn more at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

  • Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program hosted this summer in Cedar Key
    Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program hosted this summer in Cedar Key -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free Nature Coast Fishing for Youth program in Cedar Key for youth between the ages of 5 and 15. Programs will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning June 5 and extending through July 26, at the Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory, 11350 SW 153rd Court. Advance registration is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.

    All participants of the free program will learn fishing basics, the importance of habitats to fish species, proper fish handling and release techniques, and fish identification. Participants will spend time fishing on-site. An adult chaperone is required to attend the entire program with children age 8 and under. Youth and chaperones should bring their own lunch, sunscreen, hat and any personal fishing gear desired, although fishing gear will be provided for those who need it. Upon completing the program, participants will receive a rod and reel donated by Fish Florida.

    For details and to pre-register, contact Hannah Healey at 352-543-1079 or Hannah.Healey@MyFWC.com.

  • 2018 Lionfish Festival, new location, same fun
    2018 Lionfish Festival, new location, same fun -

    Toolkit: ReefRangers.com/About/Festival  External Website
    Lionfish Festival Promo Video (YouTube):https://youtu.be/5Erl6iJMrv8 External Website

    Diver With Lionfish

    Mark your calendars. The 2018 Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19) with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners.

    This year’s fourth annual event will be at a new location: the Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Ole River Grill in Perdido Key on the Florida/Alabama coastal border.

    The venue has changed, but the fun remains the same. Activities include fillet demonstrations, free lionfish tastings prepared by celebrity chefs, family-friendly games and activities, and more than 40 art, diving and conservation booths.

    New this year, a benefit concert by Little Texas External Website at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, presented by Coast Watch Alliance and Lionfish University.

    Do you harvest lionfish? The event also coincides with the annual Lionfish World Championship Tournament, External Website hosted by Coast Watch Alliance.

    Double your chances at prizes and glory by signing up for the tournament and the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, an FWC lionfish removal incentive program that starts on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. Thanks to this year’s sponsors, find an FWC-tagged lionfish, and possibly win up to $5,000. Harvesters who remove the most lionfish will be crowned the recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion. Register today at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

    The Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival and the Lionfish World Championship Tournament are presented by sponsors Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Wind Creek Atmore and OWA (VisitOwa.com).

    Statewide lionfish events

    Can’t make the Perdido Key festival and tournament? Find an event near you External Websiteby clicking on “Lionfish Festival” at the top of ReefRangers.com and scrolling down. Statewide events include:

    • Lion Tamer Tournament – Panama City Beach.
    • Sebastian Lionfish Fest – Sebastian.
    • FSDA Lionfish Calcutta – St. Petersburg.

    Look for other event updates at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by clicking on “Lionfish Derbies and Events.”

    Questions?

    Contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

    What is Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day?

    Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) raises awareness about lionfish; a nonnative, invasive species that has the potential to negatively impact native species and habitat.

    Thanks to the following 2018 Lionfish Challenge sponsors:

    • American Sportfishing Association.
    • Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
    • Boat Owners Association of the United States.
    • National Marine Manufacturers Association.
    • Coastal Conservation Association Florida.
    • Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.
    • Dive Rite
    • Narked Scuba
    • Lionator Pole Spears

    Links

    Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

    Facebook:

    Facebook.com/LionfishReefRangers External Website

    Facebook.com/LionfishWorldChampionship External Website

    Website:

    ReefRangers.com External Website

    MyFWC.com/Lionfish

    Photos (Flickr): flickr.com/photos/myfwcmedia/albums/72157668078169102 External Website    

    Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

    Download Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (Vimeo): https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website

  • FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau
    FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from May 7 through May 18, weather permitting. Lake Rousseau is part of the Withlacoochee River and is in parts of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties, west of Dunnellon.

    Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake.

    Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include County Trails B & C, Shoreline Trails B & C, Buddy’s Trail, Peaceful Acres Boat Ramp and Shoreline and Lighthouse Cove.

    Biologists anticipate treating approximately 190 acres of hydrilla and 40 acres of water lettuce and water hyacinth with herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an FWC invasive plant management biologist.  “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed.”  

    There is a seven-day restriction on using water from treated areas for drinking or for animal consumption. However, there are no restrictions for other uses of treated water such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops.

    Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout Florida’s lakes and rivers. While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from hydrilla, there are other potential impacts to consider including negative impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation and the aesthetic qualities of lakes. The FWC strives to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.

    Go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Invasive Plants” to find out more about invasive plant management, including “Frequently Asked Questions.”

    For more information, contact Bruce Jaggers at 352-726-8622.

  • Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops scheduled for May; your input needed
    Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops scheduled for May; your input needed -

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on the recreational and commercial stone crab and blue crab fisheries and the commercial spiny lobster trap fishery. Share your feedback on potential regulation changes for this fishery.

    The FWC is hosting public workshops throughout the state in May to develop a better understanding of the public’s view on management of these fisheries. Stone crab and blue crab will be discussed at all eight workshops. Spiny lobster, in addition to the other two fisheries, will be discussed at workshops in Key West, Key Colony Beach and Dania Beach.

    Potential regulation changes being discussed include requiring all recreational stone and blue crab traps have an FWC-issued tag number affixed to the trap. Several potential regulation changes for the commercial fishery will also be discussed including standardizing management measures across the fisheries.

    Workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m. local time:

    • May 7: Titusville, Brevard County Central Services, Brevard Room, 518 S. Palm Ave.
    • May 8: St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE.
    • May 9: Crystal River, City Hall Council Chambers, 123 NW Highway 19.
    • May 10: Steinhatchee, Community Center, 1013 Riverside Drive.
    • May 14: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 W. Ocean Drive.
    • May 15: Key West, Monroe County Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St.
    • May 21: Dania Beach, Dania Lions Club, 501 SW Fourth Ave.
    • May 22: Fort Myers, Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, Room 165 C&D, 2295 Victoria Ave.

    If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Additional details and updates for these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops”).

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