Bill Sargent: State seatrout plan reels in opposition

A groundswell of opposition from recreational anglers is centering on a new state plan that expands commercial harvesting of spotted seatrout, including the use of limited size haul seines and beach seines for taking 75-fish “by-catches” of Florida’s No. 1 recreational prize.

In part, the detailed trout management plan by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) also would extend statewide commercial seasons to five months from three months, increase the commercial vessel limit with two people on board to 150 trout from 75 trout, and allow the sale of seatrout year round. It also would eliminate closed seasons for recreational fishermen and would increase the daily bag limit to six trout in the Northeast section of the state.

The plan is scheduled to be considered by the FWC on Wednesday, when it meets in the Florida Keys starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Key Largo Grande Resort and Beach Club at mile marker 97.

The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (CCA) is among organizations opposing the plan and it organized a recent email campaign by its members to the FWC commissions, which caused the FWC’s electronic system to overload and shut down. More than 1,000 emails were sent within a matter of days.

“Needless to say, a lot of people don’t want to see full-fledged commercial fishing back in the trout fishery,” said Ted Forsgren, the CCA’s executive director for Florida. “They’re really upset with the matter of doubling the commercial limit to 150 for two fishermen, and the 75-trout by-catch allowed by seiners.”

Under Florida’s fisheries laws instituted after the 1994 net ban, a haul seine or beach seine cannot exceed 500 square feet in size and the netting cannot measure larger than 2 inches stretch mesh. Also, it cannot be constructed of Monofilament.

“What’s to stop two guys from tying together their two seines?” Forsgren asked. “Besides, 75 fish is not a by-catch.”

“By-catch” under most commercial fishing regulations pertains to an allowable number or percentage of incidental catches when targeting other primary species. Current Florida law allows beach and haul seines to be used only for Florida pompano, redfish, black drum, bluefish, cobia, flounder, mullet, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, weakfish and shrimp.

This entry was posted in Backcountry Fishing, Deep Sea Fishing, Fishing News, Florida Keys Fishing, Key Largo Fishing, Key Largo News, Reef Fishing, The Florida Keys, Wreck Fishing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Recent Posts

  • Contact Us



  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird
    Google Plus

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420

    Florida Keys Fishing in Key Largo


  • To Book The War Bird
    (305) 394-7420


    KEY LARGO
    DEEP SEA FISHING
    • Sailfish
    • Dolphin - Mahi Mahi
    • Wahoo
    • King Mackerel
    • Tuna - Black Fin Tuna
    • Marlin
    KEYS REEF &
    WRECK FISHING

    • Yellowtail Snapper
    • Mutton Snapper
    • Cubera Snapper
    • Mangrove Snapper
    • Grouper
    • Kingfish - King Mackerel
    • Spanish and Cero Mackerel
    • Hogfish
    • Amberjack
    • Cobia
    • Baracuda

  • The Fish House
    Key Largo's Finest Seafood Restaurant
    102401 Overseas Hwy
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    305-451-4665

    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Dinner: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    No Reservations, just come on in!


  • Pages

  • Meta


  • Offshore Sportfishing in the Florida Keys

  • Tags


  • Facebook page for the War Bird Sportfishing Charter Boat Twitter Account for Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Guide and Charter Boat Captain of the War Bird RSS Feed for Posts from Captain Dana Banks - Key Largo Fishing Charters - the War Bird

    To Book a Deep Sea
    Fishing Charter
    (305) 394-7420