BRADENTON – Several big events are coming to Florida including the 2014 Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami from Feb. 13-17, followed by the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Expo, which runs from Feb. 22-23 at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The recent cold snap helped FWC officials identify over 4,000 manatees during their aerial survey. Because the swordfish population has recovered so successfully since they were overfished during the 1980s, the FWC is offering fishermen an opportunity to catch and sell them in Florida.
- The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Miami's premier in-water yacht show, is set for February 13-17 and will attract thousands of people from around the world to a spectacular display of yachts and marine products, directly across Collins Avenue from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels in the heart of Miami Beach.
- Show inventory, which includes more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories, is valued at more than $1 billion. In addition to the remarkable display of yachts, the free show offers floating cocktail barges and live musical entertainment.
- Covering more than 1.2 million square feet of space, the show spans more than a mile-long strip of the Indian Creek Waterway from 41 st Street to 52nd Street.
- For more infomation visit the website at http://www.showmanagement.com/event/
Fort Lauderdale 2014 Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo Set for February 22-23
- The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo is set to take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from February 22 to 23 and will feature the top names in freediving, spearfishing, scuba diving, underwater photography and videography, marine artists, and other exhibitors from around the world.
- The event spans 30,000 square feet of exhibition hall space with an additional 10,000 square feet of seminar/workshop space.
- Admission is $20 at the door and includes entry to the Saturday night Blue Wild After Party at the Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Beach where guests can mingle with industry celebrities and enjoy door prizes, BBQ and happy hour specials.
- Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Wild After Party is from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
- For more information please visit TheBlueWild.com. Like The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBlueWild
Swordfish management pays off in expanded fishing opportunities effective Feb. 13
- Swordfish management is a success story. Overfished in the 1980s and ’90s, the swordfish stock has since been fully rebuilt, thanks to domestic and international conservation measures.
- Recently, NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Division created a new open-access commercial swordfish fishery in federal waters to provide additional commercial swordfish harvest opportunities using gears that minimize bycatch.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to state rules recently, many of which will allow fishermen who participate in this new commercial fishery to land and sell their catch in Florida. Recently adopted changes will go into effect Feb. 13.
- Several changes to state rules are also consistent with existing federal rules, including a change to the cleithrum-to-keel (see image below) minimum size limit for recreational and commercial swordfish harvest.
- For more information visit the website at http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2014/february/06/swordfish/
Weekend Fishing Forcast
A cold front will move through the area tonight with winds and seas increasing behind it. A Small Craft Advisory remain in effect through Thursday night for winds of 20 to 25 mph with higher gusts and seas as high as 8 to 10 feet. Conditions will improve starting Thursday night into Friday and continuing through the weekend.
Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay and inland waters choppy. Thursday night will bring northwest winds around 10 knots then becoming north around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
North winds around 5 knots then becoming southwest around 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Friday night will bring west winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northwest winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Saturday night will bring north winds around 10 knots then becoming northeast around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Northeast winds around 5 knots then becoming north in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Sunday night will bring north winds around 10 knots then becoming east after midnight. Bay and inland waters a light chop.