At its September meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) amended its stone crab trap regulations for stone crab traps used in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.
Beginning this year’s stone crab season, the use of round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) will no longer be allowed for stone crab traps used in state or federal waters off these three counties. The changes will also require that the rectangular or rounded rectangular entrances typically used in stone crab traps be no larger than 5½ by 3 1/8 inches at the most narrow portion of the opening.
The changes will bring the gear regulations for these three counties more closely in line with the way the stone crab fishery has traditionally operated in the region and prevent the use of stone crab traps to target lobster. The FWC did not adopt any changes to the allowable size of the overall trap, although that had been considered previously.
The new measures related to configuration of the stone crab trap entrance will be effective Oct. 5.
For more information on marine fisheries and stone crabs, please visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and select “Saltwater Fishing.”
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ROOKERY BAY ADVENTURE RACE
~Participants will paddle a 3K kayak course and complete a 4K trail run for charity~
WHAT: Adventure Race
WHO: Proceeds benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Race begins promptly at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
HOW: Registration is required, space is limited. To register, and obtain
additional information, click HERE.
The Adventure Race includes a 3K Kayak Route along Henderson Creek and a 4K Trail Run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. New this year is a 5K Trail Run-only category.
All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Oct. 31), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay Reserve water bottle, free admission to the Environmental Learning Center and entry for door prizes. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams and surf-skis.
The race is presented by Up A Creek Kayak Tours and benefits Friends of Rookery Bay, with support from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.