New Florida Seatrout Regulations Go Into Effect

Spotted seatrout management changes made by the Florida Fishand Wildlife Conservation Commission at its Nov. 2011 meeting will take effectWednesday. Many of these changes mean more angling opportunities, includingincreased recreational bag limits in some regions and longer spotted seatroutfishing seasons for commercial fishermen.Changes affecting spotted seatrout include: Redefining theareas where spotted seatrout are managed by splitting the state into fourmanagement zones instead of three; The recreational season will be openyear-round statewide; Raising the recreational bag limit in Northeast Floridafrom five to six.The newly established spotted seatrout regions are asfollows:Northwest Regionmeans all state waters north and west of a line running due west from thewesternmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway (28E9.350?N 82E48.398?W), whichis approximately 1.17 nautical miles south of the Pasco-Pinellas County line tothe Florida-Alabama border, and adjacent federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)waters.Southwest Regionmeans all state waters lying south and west of the Miami-Dade-Monroe CountyLine at Card Sound and south of the southern boundary of the Northwest Regionon the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County, and adjacent federal ExclusiveEconomic Zone (EEZ) waters.Southeast Regionmeans all state waters lying south of the Flagler-Volusia County Line and northof the Miami-Dade-Monroe County Line at Card Sound, and adjacent federal ExclusiveEconomic Zone (EEZ) waters.Northeast Regionmeans all state waters lying north of the Flagler-Volusia County line to theFlorida-Georgia border, and adjacent federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)waters.To learn more about spotted seatrout recreational fishing,visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater Fishing" and then"Recreational Regulations."
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