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The Canaveral National Seashore (CNS) contains some of the finest saltwater fishing in Florida. One of the premier areas is Mosquito Lagoon, the home of huge redfish. Anglers come long distances to fish the lagoon in search of world records on light tackle. It is an outstanding area for fly fishermen. Many records have been taken in the lagoon because of the unique relationship of redfish and the lagoon. Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon are known to spend their entire lives in the lagoon and do not migrate offshore to spawn as do most redfish. Therefore, the lagoon contains huge spawning size redfish year round. Huge redfish in shallow water year round is a lure that brings light tackle anglers from all over the country to Mosquito Lagoon.

The Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River areas are an important and valuable component of Floridas 18 billion dollar saltwater recreational fishery. The real challenge to CNS managers is to work cooperatively with recreational fishers to develop plans which provide angler access and resource protection. CCA Florida has a proven history of support for marine fisheries conservation programs and we look forward to working with the CNS to achieve those goals.

Read more: CCA FLORIDA COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

Recommendations:

Recreational Fishery:

  • Remove closed months for the recreational sector in the Northern and Southern zones.
  • Maintain current size and bag limit in these zones.
  • Do not allow beach or haul seines as allowable gear

Commercial Fishery

  • Maintain the three month commercial season with no increase in daily take.
  • Do not allow a incidental by-catch harvest of Seatrout
  • Do not allow beach or haul seines as allowable gear

 

Read more: CCA FLORIDA RECOMMENDATIONS for FWC SPOTTED SEATROUT MANAGEMENT

The Biscayne National Park (BNP) contains some of the finest saltwater recreational fishing areas in Florida. The Parks location in highly urbanized southeast Florida makes it an extremely valuable component of Floridas 18 billion dollar saltwater recreational fishery. High recreational usage is one of the major values and benefits of the Park. Such recreational use can create management challenges and opportunities. In recent years, some groups and managers have been promoting “no entry” and “no fishing zones” as a means to protect natural resources. Such measures have been pushed even before other more reasonable and proven measures have been tried. The real challenge to Park managers is to not shut down access but rather, instead, to work cooperatively with recreational fishers to develop plans which provide access and resource protection.

Read more: CCA FLORIDA COMMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

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