FWC Posts Fishing Signs On Keys Bridges

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FWC Posts Fishing Signs On Keys Bridges - CLICK to see larger imageOfficers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to educate fishermen about varieties of fish, many of which are being illegally harvested in very high numbers in the Keys.

The officers are posting signs on 24 fishing bridges in the Keys, from Key Largo to Key West.  The signs illustrate the most common types of fish caught at the bridges, including snapper, snook, shark and grouper.  It also shows the names of the fish in Spanish and English, as well as the size and bag limits.

Many of the fish being caught from the bridges are not legal to take, according to FWC officers.  The officers repeatedly cite fishermen with multiple fishing violations, such as keeping fish over the bag limit, catching fish out of season, and keeping fish under the minimum legal size.

“We want to make sure the public is aware of fishing regulations,” said Officer David Dipre. “Many fishermen who receive warnings or citations say they didn’t know there were regulations in place.  While many fishermen may be telling the truth, others may not.  By putting up these signs, we’re increasing awareness and eliminating the ‘I didn’t know’ excuse.”

For more information on fishing regulations, go to MyFWC.com and click on “Fishing.”