We can help the FWC help ourselves:
The overnight trips on the Florida Fisherman visits such areas as the Florida Middle Grounds, Elbow, and beyond. The 4/5 trip pushed out to an area known as the 40 fathom break. Often biologist from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, FWC, accompany these trips. The dedicated scientist from the FWC provide very valuable on the water data of our fishery. After a detailed study, many species are properly vented, tagged, and returned to the water, returned to fight again.
Jon, FWC biologist, hard at work on the Florida Fisherman. This ARS will be returned. If you catch him, out of season, record the tag #, vent, and return the fish, with tag, to the water. The FWC number to call is on the tag. The Angler tag Return Hotline is: 1-800-367-4461. You will receive a great 'T' shirt for reporting.
Often fish are caught with FWC tags attached:
We can help in the study of OUR fishery by reporting any tagged fish caught.
RECORD THE CAPTURE INFORMATION
Tag number, fish length, specific catch location.
Note any unusual circumstances regarding the catch.
When releasing a Goliath Grouper, hatchery Red drum or an east coast Snook, do NOT remove the streamer tag. Repeat captures of the same fish are not uncommon.
When releasing west coast Snook, cut the tag close to the body wall and return the tag to FWC.
CONTACT FWC WITH THE CAPTURE INFORMATION
Angler Tag Return Hotline
Stock Enhancement Research Facility
14495 Harllee Road
Port Manatee, FL 34221
GOLIATH GROUPER ARE PROTECTED BY LAW.
DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG OR ATTEMPT TO HARVEST THE FISH.
REPORT SIGHTINGS TO:
FWC Angler Tag Return Hotline 1-800-367-4461 tagreturn@MyFWC.com
The Institute for Fishery Resource Ecology
Department of Biological Science
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1100
Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail
Fish's location, depth, and date seen
Fish's estimated total length
Tag number, bead pattern (if beaded tag), and photo if possible