Florida Laws on harvesting marine fish, inverts and pants

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  1. nunch

    nunch Aiptasia Anemone

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    The following are summarized recreational harvesting regulations for popular tropical-ornamental aquarium species.
    License Requirement: A Florida recreational saltwater fishing license (resident or non-resident, whichever is applicable).
    Closed Seasons: None.
    Prohibited Species: All harvest is prohibited of the following species:
    Live rock, Bahama starfish (Oreaster reticulatis), longspine urchin (Diadema antillarum), Venus sea fan (Gorgonia flabellum), common sea fan (Gorgonia ventalina), any hard or stony coral (Order Scleractinia), or any fire coral (Genus Millepora).
    Allowable Harvesting Gear:
    • Hand Collection.
    • "Hand held net," means a landing or dip net, except that a portion of the bag may be constructed of clear plastic material, rather than mesh.
    • "Barrier net," also known as a "fence net," means a seine used beneath the surface of the water by a diver to enclose and concentrate tropical fish and which may be made of either nylon or monofilament.
    • "Drop net," means a small, usually circular, net with weights attached along the outer edge and a single float in the center, used by a diver to enclose and concentrate tropical fish.
    • "Slurp gun" means a self-contained, handheld device that captures tropical fish by rapidly drawing seawater containing such fish into a closed chamber.
    Bag Limit: Aggregate bag limit of 20 species (in any combination), of the species included in the Marine Life rule as listed below. Of those 20 species, no more than 5 may be angelfish, and no more than 6 may be colonies of octocorals (each colony or part thereof is included in the aggregate bag limit). The bag limit for plants listed in this rule is 1 gallon.
    Species included in this rule are as follows:
    FISH
    Moray eels - Any species of the Family Muraenidae.
    Snake eels - Any species of the Genera Myrichthys and Myrophis of the Family
    Ophichthidae.
    Toadfish - Any species of the Family Batrachoididae.
    Frogfish - Any species of the Family Antennariidae.
    Batfish - Any species of the Family Ogcocephalidae.
    Clingfish - Any species of the Family Gobiesocidae.
    Trumpetfish - Any species of the Family Aulostomidae.
    Cornetfish - Any species of the Family Fistulariidae.
    Pipefish/seahorses - Any species of the Family Syngnathidae.
    Hamlet/seabass - Any species of the Family Serranidae, except groupers of the
    genera Epinephalus and Mycteroperca, and seabass of the genus
    Centropristis.
    Basslets - Any species of the Family Grammistidae.
    Cardinalfish - Any species of the Family Apogonidae.
    Porkfish - Anisotremus virginicus.
    High-hat, Jackknife-fish, Spotted drum, Cubbyu - Any species of the genus Equetus
    of the Family Sciaenidae.
    Reef Croakers - Any of the species Odontocion dentex.
    Sweepers - Any species of the Family Pempherididae.
    Butterflyfish - Any species of the Family Chaetodontidae.
    Angelfish - Any species of the Family Pomacanthidae.
    Damselfish - Any species of the Family Pomacentridae.
    Hawkfish - Any species of the Family Cirrhitidae.
    Wrasse/hogfish/razorfish - Any species of the Family Labridae, except hogfish,
    Lachnolaimus maximus.
    Parrotfish - Any species of the Family Scaridae.
    Jawfish - Any species of the Family Opistognathidae.
    Blennies - Any species of the Families Clinidae or Blenniidae.
    Sleepers - Any species of the Family Eleotrididae.
    Gobies - Any species of the Family Gobiidae.
    Tangs and surgeonfish - Any species of the Family Acanthuridae.
    Filefish/triggerfish - Any species of the Family Balistidae, except gray triggerfish,
    Balistes capriscus and ocean triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen.
    Trunkfish/cowfish - Any species of the Family Ostraciidae.
    Balloonfish - Diodon holocanthus.
    Sharpnose puffer - Canthigaster rostrata.
    Striped burrfish - Chilomycterus schoepfi.
    INVERTEBRATES
    Sponges - Any species of the Class Demospongia, except sheepswool, yellow,
    grass, glove, finger, wire, reef, and velvet sponges, Order Dictyoceratida.
    Upside-down jellyfish - Any species of the Genus Cassiopeia.
    Siphonophores/hydroids - Any species of the Class Hydrozoa, except fire corals,
    Order Milleporina.
    Soft corals - Any species of the Subclass Octocorallia, except sea fans Gorgonia
    flabellum and Gorgonia ventalina.
    Sea anemones - Any species of the Orders Actinaria, Zoanthidea, Corallimorpharia,
    and Ceriantharia.
    Featherduster worms/calcareous tubeworms - Any species of the Families
    Sabellidae and Serpulidae.
    Starsnails - Any of the species Lithopoma americanum or Australium phoebium.
    Nudibranchs/sea slugs - Any species of the Subclass Opisthobranchia.
    Fileclams - Any species of the Genus Lima.
    Octopods - Any species of the Order Octopoda, except the common octopus,
    Octopodus vulgaris.
    Cleaner shrimp and peppermint shrimp - Any species of the Genera Periclimenes or
    Lysmata.
    Coral shrimp - Any species of the Genus Stenopus.
    Snapping shrimp - Any species of the Genus Alpheus.
    Yellowline arrow crab - Stenorhynchus seticornis.
    Furcate spider or decorator crab - Stenocionops furcatus.
    Blue-legged or tricolor hermit crab - Clibanarius tricolor.
    Thinstripe hermit crab - Clibanarius vittatus.
    Polkadotted hermit crab - Phimochirus operculatus.
    Spotted porcelain crab - Porcellana sayana.
    Nimble spray or urchin crab - Percnon gibbesi.
    False arrow crab - Metoporhaphis calcarata.
    Starfish - Any species of the Class Asteroidea, except the Bahama starfish, Oreaster
    reticulatus.
    Brittlestars - Any species of the Class Ophiuroidea.
    Sea urchins - Any species of the Class Echinoidea, except longspine urchin,
    Diadema antillarum, and sand dollars and sea biscuits, Order Clypeasteroida.
    Sea cucumbers - Any species of the Class Holothuroidea.
    Sea lilies - Any species of the Class Crinoidea.
    PLANTS Caulerpa - Any species of the Family Caulerpaceae.
    Halimeda/mermaid’s fan/mermaid’s shaving brush - Any species of the Family
    Halimedaceae.
    Coralline red algae - Any species of the Family Corallinaceae
    http://http://myfwc.com/marine/recreational/recharvestmls.htm
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  3. nunch

    nunch Aiptasia Anemone

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    Size Limits:



    NAME MIN. SIZE LIMIT MAX. SIZE LIMIT
    Gray angelfish 1½ 8”
    French angelfish 1½ 8”
    Blue angelfish 1¾ 8”
    Queen angelfish 1¾ 8”
    Rock beauty angelfish 2 5”
    Butterflyfishes 1 4”
    Gobies None 2”
    Jawfishes None 4”
    Porkfish 1 ½” None
    Spanish hogfish 2” 8”
    Cuban (spotfin) hogfish 3” 8”
  4. matt s

    matt s Flamingo Tongue

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    ;Doooohhh, plants! I was wondering how they regulated pants harvest.
  5. nunch

    nunch Aiptasia Anemone

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    Are u kidding:-X
  6. aquaboy

    aquaboy Panda Puffer

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    Yes true, true. If too many people are collecting pants off the reefs, what do the fish wear? :laughing0
  7. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    Great info, thanks. Luna
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  9. bmshehan

    bmshehan Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    Now you can go out and catch me a brown tang and know it's legal Luna!
  10. phoenixhieghts

    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    i really really wished i lived somewhere - where i could collect my own pets!
    I guess i could set up a coldwater marine - but then again, i dont live by the cost :(
  11. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    Thanks Luna...

    Will keep in mind next trip to Fl...;)

    Things just can't help finding way into pocket anytime near warm saltwater. :p
  12. scubafan

    scubafan Plankton

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    Florida recreational collecting trip??

    nunch, nice info, but you accidentally posted the link wrong. It's actually:

    RECREATIONAL HARVESTING INFORMATION FOR MARINE LIFE SPECIES

    We've wondered about harvesting ourselves, as we saw some gorgeous fish when we were scuba diving last January in Key West!

    I'd add to the lists posted that some sturdy dive gloves & a large cooler with a battery airstone or livewell pump would be a good idea too! What I don't know is which dive boats would be willing to take us to areas OUT of the protected reservation but near them so we could avoid fishermen catching US! ;D

    Here's another question for everyone: Which would be better, to overnight ship our catch (lotsa $$) or drive there and keep them in a tank we make with a cooler and pumps?

    Let's see what folks say...

    By for now!
  13. rmelvin23

    rmelvin23 Skunk Shrimp

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    This info is the best. I live in orlando and constanly have the lfs telling me I will go to jail if I go get some livestock. I cannot wait for the next trip to the coast. THANK YOU.
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  15. R34dawn

    R34dawn Ocellaris Clown

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    wow! feel lucky, my mother told me that puerto rico has banned the collection of all marine life, huh! a reason for me to never go back, but to visit my family!
  16. rmelvin23

    rmelvin23 Skunk Shrimp

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    I have taken a few things home. A giant starfish (over a foot across) that I saved from the seagulls, a major sargent, anenomes and misc. crabs/snails. I am glad that I don't have to sneak around like a criminal.
  17. mr40g

    mr40g Astrea Snail

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    I think the one thing to keep in mind here is not to collect at state parks.
    The signs are very specific once entering a state park/beach of no collecting off the reefs, that meens anything on the reef from what the rangers told me.

    if im wrong then tell me so i know. thanks.
  18. chetrod

    chetrod Peppermint Shrimp

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    Thank's nunch for this info it should be posted so everyone can see it. There is always debates like this on 3reef glad to see what's allowed and what isn't.
  19. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    just a reminder - this thread is older, and new laws went into place July of 09', not the least of which being a pretty restricted recreational bag limit. You are only allowed 5 of any one species, 20 total organisms combined. Makes sense for fish, kind of rough for smaller inverts. Also earlier in the thread the use of a live well seemed optional. It isn't, you must run re-circulating water, everything must be landed and brought in live etc.... There are some other things like allowable gear changes for ricordea and what not, but most of it is the same, but I would check out the current as of July 2009 Saltwater Regs book here:
    http://www.myfwc.com/docs/RulesRegulations/2009_July_RegsSummary_Newsletter.pdf

    you are interested in page 14. the changes can seem rough on locals, but you can always revisit the spot a few times. make sure to actually go and get the license though. :)
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  21. tronb24

    tronb24 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Always good to know. The new regulations do seem rather harsh for locals, but I understand what they are trying to do.
  22. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    well you know how florida is, have to regulate with the transient population in mind.
  23. WhiskyTango

    WhiskyTango Zoanthid

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    If you guys only knew the stuff I see around Key West, you'd move down today. Ricordias are around, but u can't get them without chipping live rock.:( And, it often makes me wonder about water quality issues. I know carpet anemones that are in shallow, nasty, temperature fluctuating water that thrive. Alleged sensitive hard corals and tunicates living in nasty marinas where boats scrub down with bleach, Joy detergent, and degreasers daily. And where the annual water temp goes from 85 to 60. It was 77 last week before this cold front, now the waters close to 68, and it will probably go back up again next week.:p
  24. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    the keys are awesome...lucky $%$^$&. :) just kidding...

    i always hear about the reefs declining in the area, but seems like their is life everywhere in the Keys...I saw a discarded boat engine there with coral growing all over it. the star coral seems to be the hardiest, that stuff is in what would seem to be bad locations.