Florida tropical collecting rules

Discussion in 'The Aquarium' started by groupergenius, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. groupergenius

    groupergenius New Member

    Been the topic of discussion that is hijacking another thread.
    (Rule 68B-42, F.A.C.)
    CORAL Q & A
    The following are summarized recreational harvesting regulations for popular tropical-ornamental aquarium species.
    License Requirement: A Florida recreational saltwater fishing license (resident or non-resident, whichever is applicable).
    Closed Seasons: None.
    Closed Areas: The harvest of these species is generally allowed wherever recreational fishing is allowed. However, the harvest of marine life species or the use of the gear allowed to take these species may be limited or prohibited in state or federal parks, national wildlife refuges, and portions of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Interested persons should contact those park areas for further information.
    Prohibited Species: All harvest is prohibited of the following species:
    Live rock, Bahama starfish (Oreaster reticulatis), longspine urchin (Diadema antillarum), Venus sea fan (Gorgonia flabellum), common sea fan (Gorgonia ventalina), any hard or stony coral (Order Scleractinia), or any fire coral (Genus Millepora).
    Allowable Harvesting Gear:
    Hand Collection.
    "Hand held net," means a landing or dip net, except that a portion of the bag may be constructed of clear plastic material, rather than mesh.
    "Barrier net," also known as a "fence net," means a seine used beneath the surface of the water by a diver to enclose and concentrate tropical fish and which may be made of either nylon or monofilament.
    "Drop net," means a small, usually circular, net with weights attached along the outer edge and a single float in the center, used by a diver to enclose and concentrate tropical fish.
    "Slurp gun" means a self-contained, handheld device that captures tropical fish by rapidly drawing seawater containing such fish into a closed chamber.
    Size Limits:
    NAME MIN. SIZE LIMIT MAX. SIZE LIMIT
    Gray angelfish 1½ 8”
    French angelfish 1½ 8”
    Blue angelfish 1¾ 8”
    Queen angelfish 1¾ 8”
    Rock beauty angelfish 2 5”
    Butterflyfishes 1 4”
    Gobies None 2”
    Jawfishes None 4”
    Porkfish 1 ½” None
    Spanish hogfish 2” 8”
    Cuban (spotfin) hogfish 3” 8”
    Bag Limit: Aggregate bag limit of 20 species (in any combination), of the species included in the Marine Life rule as listed below. Of those 20 species, no more than 5 may be angelfish, and no more than 6 may be colonies of octocorals (each colony or part thereof is included in the aggregate bag limit). The bag limit for plants listed in this rule is 1 gallon.
  2. groupergenius

    groupergenius New Member

    Species included in this rule are as follows:
    FISH
    Moray eels - Any species of the Family Muraenidae.
    Snake eels - Any species of the Genera Myrichthys and Myrophis of the Family
    Ophichthidae.
    Toadfish - Any species of the Family Batrachoididae.
    Frogfish - Any species of the Family Antennariidae.
    Batfish - Any species of the Family Ogcocephalidae.
    Clingfish - Any species of the Family Gobiesocidae.
    Trumpetfish - Any species of the Family Aulostomidae.
    Cornetfish - Any species of the Family Fistulariidae.
    Pipefish/seahorses - Any species of the Family Syngnathidae.
    Hamlet/seabass - Any species of the Family Serranidae, except groupers of the
    genera Epinephalus and Mycteroperca, and seabass of the genus
    Centropristis.
    Basslets - Any species of the Family Grammistidae.
    Cardinalfish - Any species of the Family Apogonidae.
    Porkfish - Anisotremus virginicus.
    High-hat, Jackknife-fish, Spotted drum, Cubbyu - Any species of the genus Equetus
    of the Family Sciaenidae.
    Reef Croakers - Any of the species Odontocion dentex.
    Sweepers - Any species of the Family Pempherididae.
    Butterflyfish - Any species of the Family Chaetodontidae.
    Angelfish - Any species of the Family Pomacanthidae.
    Damselfish - Any species of the Family Pomacentridae.
    Hawkfish - Any species of the Family Cirrhitidae.
    Wrasse/hogfish/razorfish - Any species of the Family Labridae, except hogfish,
    Lachnolaimus maximus.
    Parrotfish - Any species of the Family Scaridae.
    Jawfish - Any species of the Family Opistognathidae.
    Blennies - Any species of the Families Clinidae or Blenniidae.
    Sleepers - Any species of the Family Eleotrididae.
    Gobies - Any species of the Family Gobiidae.
    Tangs and surgeonfish - Any species of the Family Acanthuridae.
    Filefish/triggerfish - Any species of the Family Balistidae, except gray triggerfish,
    Balistes capriscus and ocean triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen.
    Trunkfish/cowfish - Any species of the Family Ostraciidae.
    Balloonfish - Diodon holocanthus.
    Sharpnose puffer - Canthigaster rostrata.
    Striped burrfish - Chilomycterus schoepfi.
    INVERTEBRATES
    Sponges - Any species of the Class Demospongia, except sheepswool, yellow,
    grass, glove, finger, wire, reef, and velvet sponges, Order Dictyoceratida.
    Upside-down jellyfish - Any species of the Genus Cassiopeia.
    Siphonophores/hydroids - Any species of the Class Hydrozoa, except fire corals,
    Order Milleporina.
    Soft corals - Any species of the Subclass Octocorallia, except sea fans Gorgonia
    flabellum and Gorgonia ventalina.
    Sea anemones - Any species of the Orders Actinaria, Zoanthidea, Corallimorpharia,
    and Ceriantharia.
    Featherduster worms/calcareous tubeworms - Any species of the Families
    Sabellidae and Serpulidae.
    Starsnails - Any of the species Lithopoma americanum or Australium phoebium.
    Nudibranchs/sea slugs - Any species of the Subclass Opisthobranchia.
    Fileclams - Any species of the Genus Lima.
    Octopods - Any species of the Order Octopoda, except the common octopus,
    Octopodus vulgaris.
    Cleaner shrimp and peppermint shrimp - Any species of the Genera Periclimenes or
    Lysmata.
    Coral shrimp - Any species of the Genus Stenopus.br />
    Snapping shrimp - Any species of the Genus Alpheus.
    Yellowline arrow crab - Stenorhynchus seticornis.
    Furcate spider or decorator crab - Stenocionops furcatus.
    Blue-legged or tricolor hermit crab - Clibanarius tricolor.
    Thinstripe hermit crab - Clibanarius vittatus.
    Polkadotted hermit crab - Phimochirus operculatus.
    Spotted porcelain crab - Porcellana sayana.
    Nimble spray or urchin crab - Percnon gibbesi.
    False arrow crab - Metoporhaphis calcarata.
    Starfish - Any species of the Class Asteroidea, except the Bahama starfish, Oreaster
    reticulatus.
    Brittlestars - Any species of the Class Ophiuroidea.
    Sea urchins - Any species of the Class Echinoidea, except longspine urchin,
    Diadema antillarum, and sand dollars and sea biscuits, Order Clypeasteroida.
    Sea cucumbers - Any species of the Class Holothuroidea.
    Sea lilies - Any species of the Class Crinoidea.
    PLANTS
    Caulerpa - Any species of the Family Caulerpaceae.
    Halimeda/mermaid’s fan/mermaid’s shaving brush - Any species of the Family
    Halimedaceae.
    Coralline red algae - Any species of the Family Corallinaceae.
  3. earlybird

    earlybird New Member

  4. jonthefishguy

    jonthefishguy New Member

    To add to Groupers OP, the fish and inverts can never be sold to anyone as this pertains to recreational collecting only. The commercial license which has a freeze at this time and must have a Marine Life Endorsment (MLD) is the only way to be able to ever sale the livestock. Fees differ from whether the person collecting is a resident or nonresident.
  5. groupergenius

    groupergenius New Member

    Originally Posted by jonthefishguy
    To add to Groupers OP, the fish and inverts can never be sold to anyone as this pertains to recreational collecting only. The commercial license which has a freeze at this time and must have a Marine Life Endorsment (MLD) is the only way to be able to ever sale the livestock. Fees differ from whether the person collecting is a resident or nonresident.
    Yep, it's a little trickier to get the commercial harvest license. But, I'm not into selling. Just collecting a few things once in a blue moon for myself or a friend.
  6. nano reefer

    nano reefer New Member

    how much is a permit to collect stuff?
  7. teresaq

    teresaq New Member

    the price of a saltwater fishing licence
  8. nano reefer

    nano reefer New Member

  9. interex

    interex New Member

    why is it that i still feel people think your a di** if you do take coral out of the ocean even if you do ever thing with in the law.
  10. goober_hunter

    goober_hunter New Member

    groupergenius, do you go out often?? i go down to my mother house down in boca grande. we go out to some reefs. but nothing to impressive. mostly sponges and sea fans. i have never took anything but often thought about getting a license. if you ever want someone to go with you, i only live 15 mins from you.

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