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Closure-Free Season for Seatrout Set in Florida; Sharks Protected

Spotted seatrout season in South Florida reopens Jan. 1, 2012. Spotted seatrout management efforts are set to change in Florida state waters beginning Feb. 1, 2012. FWC photo by Tim Donovan

Good news for Florida saltwater anglers.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has removed all recreational closures for spotted seatrout during 2012 and increased the bag limit to six in the Northeast. Learn more here.

Additionally, recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped, and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida waters beginning Jan. 1. Learn more here.

FWC is creating an educational campaign that will highlight fishing and handling techniques designed to increase survival of sharks that are caught and released, while ensuring safety of anglers targeting them.

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