CURRENT WORLD RECORD SALTWATER CATCHES

BLACKFIN TUNA Key West, Florida on May 4th, 1996 by Angler, Sam J. Burnett 45lbs 8oz
AMBERJACK Challenger Bank, Bermuda, August 16th, 1992 by Angler, Larry Trott 155lbs 22oz
COBIA Shark Bay, W. Australia, July 9th, 1985 by Angler, Peter W. Goulding 135lbs 9oz
RED SNAPPER In the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, June 23rd, 1996 by Captain Doc Kennedy 50lbs 4oz
TARPON Sherbro lsland, Sierra Leone, April 16th, 1991 by Angler, Yvon Victor Sebag  283lbs 4oz
PERMIT Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 30th, 1997 byAngler, Thomas Sebestyen 56lbs 2oz
WAHOO At Loreto, Baja California, Mexico, June 10th, 1996 by Angler, Keith Winter 158lbs 8oz
BLACKTIP SHARK Kenya, 1995, by Angler, Unknown 270lbs 9oz
HAMMERHEAD SHARK Sarasota, Florida, May 30th, 1982 by Angler, Allen Ogle 991lbs 0oz
SNOOK Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica, 1978, Angler, Unknown 53lbs 10oz
SPOTTED SEATROUT Ft. Pierce, Florida,  May 11th, 1995 by Angler, Craig F. Carson 17lbs  7oz
BARRACUDA Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati, April, 11th, 1992 by Angler, John W. Helfrich 85lbs
BONEFISH Zululand, South Africa, May 26th, 1962 by Angler, Brian W. Batchelor 19lbs
BONITO Malibu, California, July 30th, 1978 by Angler, Gino M. Picciolo  29lbs  3oz
JACK CREVALLE Barra do Kwanza, Angola, December 10th, 2000 by Angler, Nuno A.P. da Silva  58lbs  6oz
WARSAW GROUPER Gulf of Mexico, Destin, Florida, December 22nd, 1985 by Angler, Steve Haeusler  436lbs 12oz
KING MACKEREL San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 18th, 1999 by Angler, Steve Perez Graulau  93lbs
MAKO SHARK Chatham, Massechusets, July 21th, 2001 by Angler, Luke Sweeney  1221lbs
ROOSTER FISH La Paz, Baja Calififornia, Mexico, June 1st, 1960 by Angler, Abe Sackheim  114lbs
YELLOWFIN TUNA San Benedicto Island, Mexico, April 1st, 1977 by Anglers, Curt Wiesenhutter & Luke Sweeney  388lbs 12oz

SALTWATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

Artificial Reefs
An artificial reef may be described as one or more objects of natural or human origin deployed purposefully on the seafloor to influence physical, biological, or socioeconomic processes related to living marine organisms. The more than 2,400 carefully planned artificial reefs constructed in state and adjacent federal waters off both Florida coasts have been built to provide recreational fishing and diving enhancement, a socio-economic benefit to adjacent coastal communities, and to increase structural habitat for reef associated or reef dependent fishes and invertebrates.

Catch and Release
Managers of Florida's fisheries use a combination of traditional measures to control harvests and protect fish stocks. These measures include bag limits; minimum and maximum sizes; closed seasons and areas; and in some cases, no harvest is allowed unless a special permit is purchased. Bag limits reduce the number of fish that are harvested and allocate the catch over time so that the year's total harvest is not taken in one season.

Coral Reefs
Coral reefs can be described as the rain forests of the sea. One census found 3,467 species of algae, plants, and animals associated with coral reefs. Protection and wise use of Florida's coral reef habitat is our primary concern. The long-term Coral Monitoring Project (CRMP) is the most comprehensive coral assessment program ever established in the Florida Keys.

Fish Handling Guidelines
Florida's anglers should be proud of their conservation efforts.  They have helped to restore or sustain valuable fisheries, including snook, red drum and spotted seatrout.  As the number of anglers continues to grow and our coastal habitats come under increasing stress, it becomes more important than ever to release those fish that cannot be harvested in as good a condition as possible.  The next angler will thank you for it.

Grouper Catch and Release
Goliath grouper are a prohibited species; therefore the species receives greater protection to ensure its continued health, which makes proper catch and release techniques all the more important.

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
Every day, improperly discarded monofilament fishing line causes devastating problems for marine life and the environment.  Marine mammals, sea turtles, fish and birds become injured from entanglements, or might ingest the line, often dying as a result.  Human divers and swimmers are also at risk from entanglements and the line can also damage boat propellers.

Seagrasses
Conservation and restoration of seagrass is the primary focus of program staff in aquatic vegetation. Seagrass research helps supply resource managers with the data necessary to make effective decisions about the preservation, management, and restoration of these communities.

Sport Fish Restoration
Do you: Buy fishing gear? Fuel up your boat? Purchase a fishing license? Every time you do these things, you are helping to improve your fishing experience. You are among the many anglers and boaters who support the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This national program, managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), collects money from excise taxes on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing equipment and boats, taxes on motorboat and small-engine fuels. The revenue collected is used to create future fishing and boating opportunities.

 

For more information, visit:  http://myfwc.com/conservation/saltwater

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