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Sarasota Lionfish Derby at Mote

Sarasota Lionfish Derby at Mote

The second annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby is an exciting and environmentally beneficial event where SCUBA divers and snorkelers will compete to collect as many lionfish as possible in an effort to control the spread of this invasive species. Teams will capture lionfish July 10 through July 12, and the public is invited to learn about […]

July 14, 2015 | Posted in Key Fishing, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

Manager reels one in…

Manager reels one in…

Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock (looking like a truly unshaven barnacled fisherman) reeled in this massive Mahi Mahi while vacationing near Islamorada with his wife, Donna, last month. He caught it using Billy Bait 10 miles offshore on their Mainship.  He said he had great fun and they caught many lobsters as well and […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in In the news, Key Fishing, Top Box | Read More »

Mote Marine and FWC release snook into Sarasota Bay

Mote Marine and FWC release snook into Sarasota Bay

On Aug. 15, scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released hatchery-reared juvenile snook into the wild as part of an ongoing program designed to find the most effective methods to replenish and enhance wild snook populations. The species is one of Florida’s most popular sport fish and plays an […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in Key Fishing, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Florida stone crab at peak prices as slow local season ends

Florida stone crab at peak prices as slow local season ends

As the stone crab season ended this week, the prices may have more to do with a huge demand for the crustacean than ups and downs in the catch around the state. So far, the state has registered a 1.7 million pound stone crab catch, which would seem to be significantly less than the 2.7 […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in Business, Key Fishing, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Sarasota Bay Watch releases 6.7 million scallops

Sarasota Bay Watch releases 6.7 million scallops

Sarasota Bay Watch released 6.7 million juvenile scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay last week in its first scallop release of 2013. The group plans to release approximately 50 million larvae this year as part of a multiyear restorative project, more than double the 24 million larvae it released last year. The releases are funded by […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in Key Fishing, Key Life, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »

Green turtles break local record, Loggerheads finish strong

Green turtles break local record, Loggerheads finish strong

Sea turtles have finished nesting on beaches from Longboat Key through Venice, where green sea turtles laid a record number of nests and loggerhead sea turtles also had a strong year, according to Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program. Nests are now hatching, and many rescued hatchlings are currently receiving care in […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in In the news, Key Fishing, Major Headlines, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

Publix donation helps students work with Mote

Publix donation helps students work with Mote

Publix Super Markets Charities donated $12,500 Tuesday, Aug. 13, to help support a new program that gives students hands-on experience with science. This pilot program, led by researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory, began this past summer with students at Booker High School. “It’s our pleasure to support such a great organization in their unique outreach […]

August 17, 2013 | Posted in In the news, Key Events, Key Fishing | Read More »

Longboat Key Fire Rescue announces Water Safety Training

Longboat Key Fire Rescue announces Water Safety Training

Over the next few weeks beachgoers will be seeing LBKFR personnel training in Gulf waters.  This training is in preparation for the implementation of a new water rescue vehicle the department received through WCIND funding.  A Jet Ski was purchased by the department to assist with water rescue operations on both the Bay and Gulf […]

June 17, 2013 | Posted in In the news, Key Fishing, Key Recreation, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

Lifeguard hours extended for Sarasota guarded beaches

Lifeguard hours extended for Sarasota guarded beaches

Sarasota County’s Beach Lifeguard hours will be extended on all guarded beaches beginning Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run throughLabor Day Weekend. Sarasota County’s guarded beaches are Lido Beach, Siesta Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, Venice Beach and Manasota Beach. For more information contact the […]

June 3, 2013 | Posted in Key Fishing, Key Recreation, News Shorts | Read More »

Memorial Day sail

Memorial Day sail

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May 27, 2013 | Posted in Key Fishing, Key Recreation, Top Box | Read More »