With great weather all year round, ample habitat and more species than most anglers would care to count Florida can truly claim the title of Fishing Capital of the World. The state has roughly 2 million resident anglers and about another 1 million out-of-state anglers who fish its waters every year. And with more than 700 world records to its credit - more than any other state or country – Florida is the undisputed heavyweight champion of salt and freshwater fishing.
Florida’s anglers take the sport seriously. That is why the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is going to convene a series of Recreational Angler Participation sessions around the Gulf Coast. These Recreational Angler Participation sessions, or RAP sessions, are designed to give fishermen a chance to share their views on everything from catch limits to habitat protection with federal fishery managers.
Who should attend? Anyone with concerns about recreational fisheries regulations who would like to play a role in shaping the future of recreational fisheries management. The meetings will take place throughout the Gulf coast in January. The first one kicks off Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Avenue, Destin.
Two more meetings are scheduled for Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Bill Jackson’s, 9501 US Highway 19 North, Pinellas Park and Jan. 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers. For more information, go to www.gulfcouncil.org.