September 8, 2016
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“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” No-Yelling School Comes To FL Everglades Nov. 19-20

Experience the Jurassic Park of Fishing! Deadline is Oct. 1 for overnight lodging FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – 9/2016 ─  The award-winning Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing nonprofit series ventures to the Florida Everglades Nov. 19-20 for a wilderness fishing adventure. The Everglades program includes a Saturday class on specific fishing in 10,000 Islands, a home cooked potluck dinner […]
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August 29, 2016
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‘Hands Off!’ is Best Policy for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

News Release By FWC Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season. Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings. Well-meaning efforts to rescue a […]
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August 15, 2016
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Blankenship Wins AWF’s Inaugural Fisheries Award

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage. Despite having a dozen awards, from Conservationist […]
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August 3, 2016
Guy Harvey diving for lionfish. Harvey’s Fort Lauderdale-based Outpost Resorts is launching a seven-day diving excursion in Cuba. Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts

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Guy Harvey Launching Underwater Expedition in Cuba

By Chabeli Herrera | Miami Herald The expedition to discover Cuba is going underwater. Marine wildlife artist and conversationalist Guy Harvey’s Fort Lauderdale-based Outpost Resorts is launching a weeklong diving trip to the Caribbean island in September — lionfish derby included. Read more…
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July 25, 2016
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Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island. Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would […]
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July 6, 2016
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The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books

By Ken Neill The 2016 Flounder Bowl is in the books. This annual event is hosted by the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association, held at Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, and is only made possible by great sponsor support. Cool, northeast winds made it very pleasant on land for […]
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July 5, 2016
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ADSFR Expands Live Weigh-In Category

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources After the success of a live weigh-in category at last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR), rodeo officials will expand the category and lift restrictions for the 83rd rodeo, scheduled July 15-17 at the rodeo site on Dauphin Island. Last year’s live […]
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July 1, 2016
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Senators Nelson and Rubio Stand Up for Anglers and Boaters

Newly introduced marine fisheries legislation approved by the Senate Commerce Committee By Mary Jane Williamson | American SportFishing Association Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2016) – The recreational fishing and boating community strongly supported action today by the Senate Commerce Committee to pass the recently introduced S. 3099, The Access for Sportfishing Act […]
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June 29, 2016
Dr. Toby S. Daly-Engel is doing research with the GulfSPAN(Gulf of Mexico States Shark Pupping and Nursery Area) survey in Santa Rosa Sound. (Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO)

UWF Professors Contribute to Study of Genetic Diversity Within Coral Reefs

By Richard Conn Pensacola – A recently published study shows that areas of coral reef undisturbed by human activity or climate change tend to contain the most genetic diversity, providing important insight into the best ways to monitor and preserve coral reef biodiversity. Drs. Toby Daly-Engel and Jeff Eble, assistant professors […]
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June 24, 2016
UWF graduate student Cody Nash takes a catfish fin sample which will be put in vials of nontoxic preservative and taken to the lab for genetic testing.

UWF Professor, Students Monitoring Shark Nursery Habitats

By Richard Conn Pensacola – A crew of University of West Florida graduate students cast and set a gill net off a fishing boat in Pensacola Bay, hoping to catch a shark. “We put it out there, and then we let it sit in the water for about 30 minutes, just to […]
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June 20, 2016
Evan Wheeler boated this huge speckled trout estimated at 8-plus pounds while fishing with Tim String in Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay Trout Fishing Makes Big Turnaround

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to […]
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June 14, 2016
A boat from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division heads out with a load of bamboo structures that were deployed on Logan Martin Lake last year as fish attractors.

Alabama Project Deploys Structures to Improve Fishing

By David Rainer Most freshwater anglers know if you’re not getting hung up occasionally, you’re not fishing in the right spot. Species like bass and crappie are most often found around structure of some sort. That is the reason the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division created the Habitat […]
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June 6, 2016
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Alabama Seafood Takes Center Stage at The Wharf

By David Rainer If there’s one thing that will pique my interest without hesitation, it is Alabama’s fresh seafood. Hence, I didn’t hesitate when invited to the Alabama Seafood Summit and accompanying Alabama Seafood Cook-Off at The Wharf in Orange Beach last week. The Alabama Seafood Cook-Off opened the festivities […]
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May 31, 2016
PHOTOS: Jack Tibbs, a lifelong bass fisherman and Mayor of the City of Eufaula, enjoys the lake's return to prominence among the nation's top bass lakes. Tibbs says Eufaula has something to offer for every style of bass fishing from shallow vegetation to deep-water ledge fishing.

Lake Eufaula Rebounds to Former Glory

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory. During that down […]
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May 31, 2016
Seafarers’ Executive Director Lesley Warrick hands the award to Guy Harvey.

Guy Harvey Receives Seafarers’ Award

By Staff | Cayman Compass Cayman Islands-based conservationist and artist Guy Harvey received the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award on May 21 at a gala dinner in Fort Lauderdale. The award is given each year to those “who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or […]
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May 27, 2016
A satellite-signal tagged mako shark is returned to the wild by Guy Harvey. A mako called Matt J. has been circling off Charleston. PROVIDED BY GUY HARVEY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

‘Alpha Predator’ Mako Shark Circling Waters off Charleston

By Bo Petersen | The Post and Courier Easy, now. A mako shark is not a great white. It is, though, a more compact version of the shark considered the largest predator in the ocean. Like the great white, a mako is an alpha creature built for speed, big enough […]
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May 16, 2016
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Ladies Fishing School and Tournament, NE Florida Aug. 13-15

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Weekend Offers Angling Education and Tournament in St. Augustine Aug. 13-14, 2016 Fort Lauderdale, FL – 5/2016 – Women are invited to tackle fishing skills and enter a fun fishing tournament at the Northeast Florida “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” University August 13-14. Held at the prestigious […]
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May 16, 2016
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It’s A Fishing Mecca At Okeechobee KOA

By Bob Rountree | FloridaRambler.com Driving up the east side of Lake Okeechobee, we passed dozens of run-down fishing camps on U.S. 98 after leaving the serene Dupuis Wildlife Management Area near Port Mayaka. The east side of Lake Okeechobee doesn’t have much to offer except shabby-looking fishing camps along the lake’s rim canal, so it […]
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