BRADENTON –A tropical disturbance in the Bahamas will move across South Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico through the weekend. Snook season opened statewide. Weather Underground offshore afternoon showers and thunderstorms. FWC researchers have reported that transplanted, nursery-raised corral has spawning for the fist time off of Marathon Key. Researchers are seeking tarpon data from Florida anglers by way of a "finger print," or DNA sample, taken from the tarpon during the catch.
- Limited harvest starts Sept. 1 for snook, a premier Florida fish
The recreational harvest season for Florida’s premier game fish, snook, opens Sept. 1 statewide. Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home. Gulf snook populations were negatively impacted by a 2010 cold kill.
- Gulf snook numbers currently exceed FWC management goals but are still rebuilding to pre-cold-kill levels, which is one of the reasons why it is important to handle fish with care in this region and use moderation when determining whether or not to harvest one. When releasing a snook, proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations.”
Nonnative fish provide exotic fishing alternatives; most have no bag limits!
- Florida freshwater anglers target at least 25 species of native fishes. Most are within a 45-minute drive of anyone wanting to wet a line. In addition to those, the free Florida Big Catch angler recognition program (BigCatchFlorida.com) features six species of exotic fishes from other countries and several fish species that expanded their ranges from farther north.
- Of those nonnative fishes, only butterfly peacock bass were stocked intentionally by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) predecessor, during the early 1980s. At the time, expansion of numerous nonnative fish species in south Florida was causing concern. Walking catfish and several types of tilapia were well established. Species, such as piranha, electric eels and freshwater stingray had the potential to be imported by the aquarium industry and posed a threat to native species and a concern to people. Accidental introductions were largely attributed to the aquaculture industry or to individual aquarists.
- FWC, partners see ultimate coral reef-building success
Researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) observed transplanted nursery-raised staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) spawning for the first time this month at Tropical Rocks, just over 4 miles offshore of Marathon.
- These corals were supplied by the Coral Restoration Foundation and Mote Marine Lab nurseries and outplanted by the FWC. The project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via The Nature Conservancy.
- The FWC, in collaboration with the Conservancy and other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act partners, began construction on the Middle Keys coral nursery in late 2009 but suffered setbacks due to a coldwater kill and, later, a warm-water bleaching event.
- The goal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project was to expand the current nurseries, develop new nurseries and outplant high numbers of nursery-grown corals throughout the Florida reef tract and the U.S. Virgin Islands.“This is the first time that we have seen staghorn coral spawning at the reef tract that included corals grown as part of our nursery program,” said Caitlin Lustic, coral recovery coordinator for the Conservancy in Florida. “This spawning event shows that outplanted corals have the ability to reproduce just like a natural colony and furthers our goal of creating breeding colonies of coral that can repopulate reefs on their own.”
A tropical disturbance in the Bahamas will move across South Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico through the weekend. Stronger winds and greater chances of thunderstorms will be farther south. The National Hurricane Center has a 30 percent chance of cyclone formation in the next five days.
Southeast winds around 5 knots then becoming southwest around 5 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Thursday night will bring north winds around 5 knots then becoming east around 5 knots after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth. Isolated thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/11 Thu 2:16 a.m. 2.31 H
2014/09/11 Thu 9:21 a.m. 0.41 L
2014/09/11 Thu 3:20 p.m. 2.19 H
2014/09/11 Thu 9:25 p.m. 1.02 L
Northeast winds around 5 knots increasing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Isolated thunderstorms in the morning...then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Friday night
will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/12 Fri 2:46 a.m. 2.42 H
2014/09/12 Fri 10:14 a.m. 0.38 L
2014/09/12 Fri 4:16 p.m. 1.97 H
2014/09/12 Fri 9:53 p.m. 1.18 L
East winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday night will bring east winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/13 Sat 3:20 a.m. 2.47 H
2014/09/13 Sat 11:11 a.m, 0.41 L
2014/09/13 Sat 5:21 p.m. 1.77 H
2014/09/13 Sat 10:22 p.m. 1.31 L
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sunday night will bring southeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. Scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
2014/09/14 Sun 4:00 a.m. 2.46 H
2014/09/14 Sun 12:16 p.m. 0.47 L
2014/09/14 Sun 6:46 p.m. 1.64 H
2014/09/14 Sun 10:57 p.m 1.42 L