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Old 07-26-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Anyone know the boudaries? And its catch and release right? Im thinkin about goin out this weekend and wasnt sure about a few things.

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Old 07-27-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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As far as I know, you have to be east of the Pcola ball and inside state waters to keep fish. FWC ran me off a few wrecks in the closed zone.
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Map of area affected by the emergency closure.

News Release
June 13, 2010
Contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in coordination with Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Health, issued an executive order to temporarily close a portion of coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp. The FWC is taking precautionary actions regarding harvest and consumption of these marine species, which may be affected by oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The closure includes state waters from the beaches out 9 nautical miles into the Gulf from the Alabama line east to the Pensacola Beach water tower. Interior bays and estuaries remain open to fishing. This area covers approximately 23 miles of Florida's coastline in Escambia County, where oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is now present (see map).
Recreational catch-and-release fishing is still allowed as long as saltwater fish are not harvested or possessed in the closed area.
Oysters, clams and mussels are not included in the closure, because they are not expected to be affected by oil in the area. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services carefully monitors populations of these shellfish.

This is from Myfwc.com today

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:30 AM   #4
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I believe that the escambia county state water closure is open to catch and release, but the federal closure pertains to all fishing:

"Fishing in the closed area is a violation of federal fishing regulations. Both owners and operators of vessels fishing in the closed area are subject to the seizure of their catch, gear, and vessel; civil penalties of as much as $140,000 per violation; and permit sanctions, including permanent revocation of their permit."
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Alright thanks for the info
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:07 AM   #6
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It's no fishing what so ever in the closed Federal waters.
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