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See the creatures of the Florida Keys

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Activities for visitors to the Florida Keys range from snorkeling, boating and fishing to bar-hopping in Key West at sunset. You don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy the tranquil scenery of water and sky from the toll-free Florida Keys Overseas Highway, a series of bridges and roads connecting […]

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Sick Turtle Swims To Florida Keys’ Turtle Hospital

Healthwatch On CBSMiami MARATHON (CBSMiami/FKNB) – An injured green sea turtle swam into the boat basin of the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys Thursday and was rescued. The sub-adult reptile, weighing 46 pounds, was pulled from the water and moved to the hospital’s emergency room. “Usually, patients come into the Turtle Hospital in the turtle […]

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How We Can Protect Real Estate for Fish

This is a guest post from Lee Crockett, director of U.S. oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts. For businesses dependent on high foot traffic, location is everything. It’s much the same out on the water, where finding the right spot can make all the difference for commercial and recreational fishermen alike. Advances in technology make […]

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Keys county commissioners asked to support Sanctuary referendum

In November 1996, a nonbinding referendum calling for the dissolution of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary — created by Congress in 1990 following a series of ship groundings on the reef — passed by more than 50 percent of the vote. It came as a surprise to both opponents and supporters of the ballot […]

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Capt. Alan Sherman’s South Florida Fishing Report for Nov. 28, 2013

BEST BET Tom Turowski from the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle reported when the weather allows fishing off the Sebastian Inlet has been very good. Recently lots of black drum were being caught on clams and dead shrimp. Flounder to eight pounds are being caught in the inlet by anglers using finger mullet. Plenty of […]

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Larger fishing zone floated for Biscayne National Park

State fishery managers offered support for conservation goals in Biscayne National Park waters north of Key Largo — but intend to keep their voice heard on any fishing rule changes. A move away from an initial proposal for a no-fishing area covering 16 square miles pleased board members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]

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Charter captain pans Pew/Audubon report on baitfish

Local charter fishing leaders are saying a recent report by The Pew Charitable Trusts and Audubon Florida is not based on the reality of the fishing industry in Destin. The study claims waterbirds, like pelicans and gulls, could be in danger of food shortages if the populations of small forage fish declined along the coast […]

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Florida’s ban on net fishing near shore debated again

Most Floridians probably have thought little about restrictions on net fishing in Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf waters that took effect 18 years ago under a state constitutional amendment approved by 72 percent of voters. The aim of the measure banning gill nets and limiting other types of nets to a maximum of 500 square feet […]

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New Biscayne National Park management plan gets cold reception

A new plan for managing Biscayne National Park waters north of the Florida Keys may create a new type of marine-protected area that limits recreational fishing and bans commercial fishing. The proposal unveiled Friday by the National Park Service angered Upper Keys commercial fishermen as too extreme, and “disappointed” the National Parks Conservation Association as […]

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A favorite fun-lovin’ road trip: The Florida Keys

Road trips are as much a beloved touchstone of American culture as is apple pie. But if you’re wheeling down the pretty necklace of islands that string together the Florida Keys, Key lime pie is on the menu and good-natured boasting is the side dish at restaurant after restaurant that heralds its citrus dessert as […]

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New Biscayne Bay management plan gets cold reception

A new plan for managing Biscayne National Park waters north of the Florida Keys may create a new type of marine-protected area that limits recreational fishing and bans commercial fishing. The proposal unveiled Friday by the National Park Service angered Upper Keys commercial fishermen as too extreme, and “disappointed” the National Parks Conservation Association as […]

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Almy: Fla. man hauls in record bigeye

Almy: Fla. man hauls in record bigeye Vic Gaspeny of Tavernier, Fla., holds the rod he used to catch a new state-record bigeye tuna on Sept. 25 off Virginia Beach. The fish weighed 311 pounds, shattering the previous state record by more than 25 pounds. Photo courtesy Virginia Marine Resources Commission (Buy photo) Vic Gaspeny […]

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