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10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water

10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water | FishingNews | Scoop.it

For scientist Neil Hammerschlag, it was just another Sunday. He was out cruising the reefs near the Florida Keys, hunting for sharks — not as trophies, but for research aimed at keeping them out of display cases and in the water.

 

"It's one of the biggest bull sharks I've ever caught, and it's the biggest bull shark I've ever tagged," Hammerschlag said — and he's tagged more than 1,000 sharks. "When this guy rocked up, it just took my breath away."


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Fish Feeder Nearly Becomes Real-Life Jonah After Tarpon Swallows His Arm Whole

Fish Feeder Nearly Becomes Real-Life Jonah After Tarpon Swallows His Arm Whole | FishingNews | Scoop.it

A struggle of man versus fish ensues, and, as always, there can be only one.

 

While feeding tarpon at Robbie's in Islamorada, Florida, a young man named Ryan Reynolds gets a closer encounter than he bargained for when one of the Silver Kings mistakes his entire arm for baitfish.

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Breaking News: Billfish Conservation Act Is Signed Into Law

Breaking News: Billfish Conservation Act Is Signed Into Law | FishingNews | Scoop.it
The law effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States...

 

Today, President Obama signed the the Billfish Conservation Act into law, effectively banning the importation of all billfish into the continental United States. Although there are no commercial fisheries targeting billfish in the US, the US has been the largest importer of billfish in the world, importing about 30,000 billfish annually.

 

"This is a tremendous success for these highly migratory species," National Coalition for Marine Conservation President (NCMC) Ken Hinman said. "Marlin, sailfish, and spearfish do not know country boundaries and travel through three of the planet's oceans. Giving them greater protection in the United States sets the stage for better protection worldwide."

And with populations of three species of marlin having declined by more than 50%, their efforts come not a moment too soon.

 

"Recreational anglers and ocean conservationists have been the primary supporters behind the Billfish Conservation Act," IGFA President Rob Kramer commented, "and I am confident that with this strong step by the United States, we will be able to raise support for more robust measures elsewhere."

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Broward, Palm Beach counties see spike in sea turtle nests

Broward, Palm Beach counties see spike in sea turtle nests | FishingNews | Scoop.it
There's good news from the warm sands of South Florida beaches: sea turtles are crawling ashore and nesting this year in large numbers. In fact, the number of nests in Broward County is the largest ever recorded.

 

"The beaches look like they're blanketed in nests, basically," said Laura Wright, a project manager with the sea turtle conservation program at Nova Southeastern University

 

"The last time we had more than 900 loggerhead nests was 1992," Rusenko said

 

After they hatch, the young turtles head out to sea, but natural obstacles and confusion about how to get to the ocean from their nests mean only about 40 to 50 percent of them will hatch properly and make it to the water. Of those, only about 1 in 1,000 will survive long enough to have its own hatchlings."

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Close call with great white shark

Amazing footage of a close encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Western Australia has surfaced as two divers had to fend off the dangerous bea...
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Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in North Florida

An alligator at least 10 feet long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the teen's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

 

"We found the alligator that was responsible," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said. "We were able to kill the alligator and dissect the alligator, remove the arm and transport the arm to the hospital to see if the doctors could reattach the limb."

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NOAA launches fishing & photo contest to reconnect youth to the ‘Great Outdoors’

NOAA launches fishing & photo contest to reconnect youth to the ‘Great Outdoors’ | FishingNews | Scoop.it

"NOAA is committed to ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the great tradition of saltwater fishing today and in the future."

 

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in partnership with the Sportfishing Conservancy, has launched a free summer-long fishing and photo contest to encourage families and youth to experience America’s great outdoors.

 

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10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water

10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water | FishingNews | Scoop.it

For scientist Neil Hammerschlag, it was just another Sunday. He was out cruising the reefs near the Florida Keys, hunting for sharks — not as trophies, but for research aimed at keeping them out of display cases and in the water.

 

"It's one of the biggest bull sharks I've ever caught, and it's the biggest bull shark I've ever tagged," Hammerschlag said — and he's tagged more than 1,000 sharks. "When this guy rocked up, it just took my breath away."


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Man vs. Tarpon on Biscayne Bay

Man vs. Tarpon on Biscayne Bay | FishingNews | Scoop.it
A guided night trop atop Miami's seascape lets you battle hidden, secretive snook and Jurassic Park-era tarpon.

Though it seems implausible when you look at the Miami skyline and the cacophonous humanity stuck on the MacArthur Causeway, there is a hidden wilderness under the surface of Biscayne Bay that comes alive when the sun goes down. Night anglers pierce the barrier between the two worlds, choosing to do so in darkness because the Jet Skis are gone, yachts are docked, and tarpon and snook—the coveted prizes of Miami night fishing—are more aggressive and ready to feed. 

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Gulf Fisherman Suffer from Seafood Scarcity

"I'm afraid that oil spill has ruined us," said Ken Lee, a shrimp dock owner.

 

Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP's catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear.

Usually folks are upbeat and busy in May, when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana's rich waters.

 

This spring, though, catches are down, docks are idle and anxiety is growing that the ill effects of the massive BP oil spill may be far from over.

 

An Associated Press examination of catch data from last year's commercial harvest along the Gulf - the first full year of fishing since the 2010 spill - reveals merit in the fishermen's complaints. According to the analysis of figures obtained through public records requests, seafood crops hit rock bottom in the Barataria estuary, the same place where some of the thickest waves of oil washed in when a BP well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Mystery fish invades Keys waters from the Pacific

Mystery fish invades Keys waters from the Pacific | FishingNews | Scoop.it

This is the equivalent of a hunter in North America finding a zebra."

 

"I was shocked when I saw it," Wayne Grammes said. "It’s an ugly-looking fish with a face on it that looks like a tripletail and a tail like a jewfish."

The 15-pound, 27-inch fish speared by Greg Caterino of Tavernier turned out to be a humpback grouper — a species native not to Pacific Reef but to the tropical Pacific Ocean off Asia.

 

 

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Fisherman pulled from shark filled sea

CNN's Michael Holmes reports on a dramatic rescue in shark infested waters off the Australian coast.
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Keys woman known as ‘sea hag’ accused of killing man over beer refusal

Keys woman known as ‘sea hag’ accused of killing man over beer refusal | FishingNews | Scoop.it
A 62-year-old Conch Key woman was charged with murder Sunday night and is being accused of shooting a man five times after he refused to give her a beer.
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The one that got away! Shark steals fisherman's bait

Shark attack!... go to 0:35

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Florida Teen Cheats Death, Survives Freak Fishing Accident When Spear Impales His Brain

Florida Teen Cheats Death, Survives Freak Fishing Accident When Spear Impales His Brain | FishingNews | Scoop.it
The first images of a 16-year-old boy who survived after being impaled in the head by a fishing spear have been released.
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Feds consider allowing limited red snapper fishing

Feds consider allowing limited red snapper fishing | FishingNews | Scoop.it

Federal officials meeting in Orlando this week could vote to ease restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, at least on a limited basis.

 

That would be good news for local fishing guides and charter companies, who say the two-year-old ban has caused huge economic losses for the fishing industry all along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida.

 

Returning to Ponce Inlet from a Monday morning fishing trip, Capt. Chuck Bragg of the "Daytuna" said that in 30 years of fishing he has "never seen so many fish" as he's seeing these days.

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Python hunter searches Florida Everglades for snake invaders

Python hunter searches Florida Everglades for snake invaders | FishingNews | Scoop.it

"Meet 39-year-old Edward Mercer, one of a handful of permitted python hunters in South Florida."

Since the 1990s, non-native Burmese pythons, one of the world's largest species of snake, have been flourishing in the Everglades National Park and surrounding areas. 

Burmese pythons are voracious feeders and prey on the native wildlife of the Everglades, including American alligators, raccoons, rabbits, bobcats and many different birds. 

According to the Park Service, more than 1,800 Burmese pythons have been removed from the Everglades since 2002.

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Nova Scotia vows to improve Aquaculture | The Toronto Post

The announcement comes a month after a Nova Scotia fish farm was ordered to kill hundreds of thousands of salmon due to a viral outbreak. Infectious salmon anemia was found at a Cooke Aquaculture site outside ...

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