Fishing

National Seafood Month – the future of seafood

So what now? What lies ahead for the seafood industry in the Florida Panhandle?   Well I will start by saying I do not have a crystal ball… so I truly do not know, but most people plan for the future and many have looked at what COULD happen for Florida seafood.     Will …

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Recreation Pond Management Workshop

Join specialists from the University of Florida and local Extension Agents for a Pond Management Workshop on November 3, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jay Community Center (Santa Rosa County Extension Office), 5259 Booker Lane, Jay, FL 32565. Bring your pond weeds for free identification. For meal reservations, please register by phone or email …

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National Seafood Month – Blue Crabs

Well… we have talked about the “big two”… snapper and shrimp, but there are other popular fin and shellfish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico.  This week we look at my personal favorite… blue crab.   Probably like many of you out there, the very first sea creature I ever caught was a blue crab. …

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National Seafood Month… Red Snapper

If shrimp are king of the shellfish industry, then red snapper are the king of the finfish world. It is arguably the most economically and ecologically important reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This fishery began in 1872 with four “snapper smacks” out of Pensacola. By 1890 the fleet had grown to 34 vessels …

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National Estuaries Week! – Seafood

Yea, seafood… who doesn’t like seafood… actually, based on a small scale survey I conducted with marine science students over the last 28 years I have found a slight increase in the number of those who do not. Curious about this, I followed up by asking whether their concern was seafood safety or other. Almost …

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E-15 Gasoline is Here… marine motors and lawn care providers should be aware

Okay… Let’s start at the beginning. We began drilling oil over 100 years ago. The crude was refined into kerosene, gasoline, plastics, and other products that have completely changed our lives. A huge international industry developed from the drilling and employed who knows how many people. But then a few problems began to emerge…   …

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NOAA Seeks Comments on Red Snapper Reallocation

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 28 of the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.  They are considering an action to reallocate the red snapper harvest in the Gulf of Mexico.  If you would like to comment electronically visit www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAANMFS-2013-0146.  …

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Searching for Inshore Lionfish this Summer

In the recent addition of Gulf of Mexico Science a short paper was published describing a small (< 0.5″) lionfish collected by a research team from Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Big Lagoon in September of 2013.  The team was working on another project when they came across the well hidden little fish in the grass …

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“Wanted” Sighting of Horseshoe Crabs!

These curious ancient animals have been roaming the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for over 450 million years. Though they appear dangerous they are quite harmless and are actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions than crabs. Horseshoe crabs are not as common in Pensacola as they are in Panama City …

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Gulf Council Votes to Increase the Red Snapper Quotas

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council moved to set the red snapper quota for 2015 and beyond.  After reviewing recommendations by its scientific advisories the following quotas were set. 2015   Commercial Quota = 7.26 million pounds   Recreational Quota = 7.04 mp   TOTAL = 14.30 mp 2016   Commercial Quota = 7.12 mp                     Recreational Quota = 6.84 …

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