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    Thumbs up NEW FWC Permit, FL Pompano, & African Pompano Regulations

    In June 2011, The Commission amended the rule for permit, Florida pompano and African pompano in order to provide increased protection for these important species. In the past, there were no regulations for these fish in federal waters adjacent to Florida. The recreational rule amendments primarily establish recreational regulations in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

    These rules create separate management strategies for each species. The combined bag limit for Florida pompano and permit were split into separate bag limits, and the size limits for each species were changed.

    The new rules also create two separate management areas in Florida for permit. The Special Permit Zone (SPZ) lies in south Florida, encompassing waters south of Cape Florida on the Atlantic coast and south of Cape Sable on the Gulf coast. The regulations for permit in the SPZ are more restrictive to protect spawning aggregations of permit as well as large permit that support the trophy fishery in the Keys. The remainder of Florida (north of Cape Florida and Cape Sable) makes up the other permit management area.

    These new regulations take effect August 31, 2011. The recreational regulations in the chart below apply in Florida state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic unless otherwise noted.

    http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/permit/


    http://myfwc.com/media/1451156/sw_chart_2011.pdf
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    For those of you that haven't been following this whole ordeal, we ALL owe NSearch, RichT, Ed Walker and SEVERAL others whose names I can't remember (my fault, not theirs) for being at the FWC meetings when slackers like me (and maybe you too) were "too busy" to attend. It won't happen again. If you need me at the next one, call me I WILL be there.

    It was their involvement and ONLY their involvement that convinced the FWC folks to pass the rules that they did rather than the horrifically restrictive rules proposed by the Tarpon and bonefish guides in the Keys. These news rules actually help us by solidifying our access to these fish and clearing up some confusion.

    Thanks a bunch guys. I owe you big. If anyone who represented us at that meeting needs a beer at the St. Pete open this weekend, look me up. My tab is your tab.
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