Florida’s artificial reefs provide anglers with excellent opportunities to fish for some of them most desired species in the state.
Due to increased fishing pressure and a degraded coastal and marine habitat over the years, more stringent state and federal regulations are in place to protect and sustain Florida’s important fisheries. As a result of these regulations and an increasing sense of stewardship, anglers are practicing catch and release fishing more than ever.
However, regulations are only effective if the fish that anglers release survive. Following the rules and regulations, using the appropriate equipment, and knowing the correct handling and release techniques will help ensure fisheries remain healthy for future generations.
Below is a list of links to important fishing information that all fishermen should be aware of, before fishing near natural or artificial reefs:
Overview of Catch and Release Practices - http://catchandrelease.org/
Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations - http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/
Common Saltwater Fishes of Southwest Florida - http://nsgl.gso.uri.edu/flsgp/flsgph93002.pdf