The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering input on management of the recreational spotted seatrout fishery. You can share your input by taking an online survey at SurveyMonkey.com/r/Seatrout2018. Your input will help FWC better understand the public’s satisfaction and desires related to this popular recreational fishery.
Spotted seatrout is managed in Florida in four unique zones across the state (Northwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast).
The status of the seatrout populations within each zone is assessed using a measure of population health known as the Spawning Potential Ratio. Research indicates seatrout populations should be kept to at least 20 percent SPR to maintain a sustainable population. The FWC manages spotted seatrout at a higher management goal of 35 percent SPR to provide a better fishery.
In 2017, staff held a series of workshops related to a draft spotted seatrout assessment. The final assessment results were released in 2018 and suggest the Southwest and Southeast zones are exceeding the FWC’s management goal. The Northeast and Northwest zones are not meeting the 35 percent SPR management goal and may benefit from some management actions.
The results of the survey will be brought to a Commission meeting in early 2019.
Orlando, FL—The all-new Largemouth Bass Release Ruler has taken a top spot in the FishSmart category of the 2015 ICAST New Product Showcase. The Freshwater Release Ruler provides the estimated average weight of largemouth bass based on length. The contrasting color combinations provide easily readable measurements for a quick release and the ruler is made of durable PVC to stand up to the toughest conditions bass fishermen frequently encounter on the water. The Release Ruler measures 3 inches by 36 inches, is easily stowed, can be moved from boat to boat or taken on a trip.
“The purpose of this product, as with all Release Rulers, is to allow anglers to gain an accurate estimation of a fish’s weight so they can be released to fight again,” says Release Ruler founder Dale Wills. “And while we have rulers for all the popular saltwater species, we believe that the Largemouth Bass ruler may surpass them all in terms of popularity with anglers around the world.” Wills says the rulers are based on scientific growth charts and are also customizable for easy branding and photo verification.
The ICAST New Product Showcase recognizes the top products in the marine industry in a variety of categories. It’s the world’s largest annual trade show for the marine industry.