Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North
America. The gulf's eastern, northern, and northwestern shores lie within the
United States of America. The gulf is bordered on the southwestern and southern
shores with Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico is well known for its calm sea conditions
and excellent year round deepsea fishing. Deep sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico
for grouper and snapper is good most any time of the year. Other offshore fish
such as kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, dolphin, shark, barracuda,
tarpon, permit, mahi and giant red fish are all caught as they seasonally migrate
through the deepsea waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
total area of the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 615,000 square miles. Coastal
cities along the Gulf of Mexico include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pensacola, Mobile,
New Orleans, Beaumont, and Houston in the United States,Veracruz and Mérida
in Mexico, and Havana in Cuba.
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Fishing Rules for the Gulf of Mexico
AND TILEFISH REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 15, 2004
of 2 red grouper allowed within the 5-fish aggregate grouper bag limit
grouper quota reduced from 9.35 mp gutted weight to 8.80 mp gutted wt.
red grouper quota - 5.31 mp gutted wt (counts as part of shallow-water grouper
Commercial shallow-water grouper fishery closes when either the shallow-water
grouper or red grouper quota is reached, whichever comes first.
grouper quota reduced from 1.35 mp gutted wt to 1.02 mp gutted wt.
quota - 0.44 mp gutted wt
other grouper regulations remain the same, including the minimum size limits of
grouper - 20 inches total length
gag and black grouper - 22 inches total
length recreational, 24 inches total length commercial
- 20 inches total length
scamp - 16 inches total length
closed season on red grouper, black grouper and gag - Feb. 15 to March 15
to Bring on a Fishing Charter:
Appetite for a great
sea sickness and sun protection.
camera, hat or cap and binoculars.
bring your own fishing equipment or make sure the boat provides equipment.
Soft-soled shoes required.
No Cowboy boots & no black soled shoes.
fishing license is required.
lunch, snacks, and soft drinks should your boat not provide these.
of clothes is a good idea as well as a wind breaker.
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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it
has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what
has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. The dead zone lacks oxygen
because of pollution in the form of excess nutrients that flows into the gulf
from the Mississippi River. Animals trying to live in this smothering layer of
water near the bottom of the sea must either leave or they will sufficate. To
learn more about the "dead zone" please visit the National
Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Assessment' s website.
Kayaking on Florida's many lakes, rivers and oceans has become a very
popular activity for vacationers, family groups and solo paddlers.
You can rent kayaks daily, weekly or even by the hour at many locations.
Your skill level and degree of adventure will be your guide as to
what type of kayaking is right for you and your group.
Types of Kayaks
An ocean kayak is a sit-on kayak where you actually are sitting on top of the
kayak. These kayaks are used mainly to paddle in the ocean, and are very buoyant
because there is no interior space for water to be collected as there is in an
ocean and river kayak. They handle waves very well, and are ideal for the ocean
Whitewater-A whitewater kayak is a small
kayak that is used for riding the rapids. The miniature kayak actually
accelerates through whitewater making rapids easier and fun. These
kayaks are also used for special tricks. Skilled professionals are
able to actually pop in and out of the water with the boats, as well
as ride waterfalls. It is easy to maneuver, and simple to flip this
boat over, back above the water, if you should tip.
River-A river kayak is
your typical kayak. These kayaks are ideal for paddling on rivers, lakes, and
ponds. Guided tours are often run with river kayaks because they are the easiest
to handle, and the most practical for recreational kayaking.
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Gulf Of Mexico Facts & Information
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Rob Grant on a virtual Fly Fishing expedition for snook and redfish on the famous
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Rob Grant on a virtual kayak fishing trip in the mangroves of Tampa Bay.
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of Mexico facts:
a depth of more than 12,000 feet, Sigsbee Deep is the deepest part of the Golf
of Mexico . It is more than 300 miles long and is sometimes called the “Grand
Canyon under the sea.” Its closest point to the Texas coast is 200 miles
southeast of Brownsville.
Gulf of Mexico Size
The total area of
the Gulf of Mexico is about 600,000 square miles
Gulf of Mexico Width
The shortest distance across the Gulf of Mexico is about 500 miles between the
Mississippi Delta and the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The greatest distance
across the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 1,000 miles going east to west.
Gulf of Mexico Ports
The Gulf of Mexico links the ports of five southern
U.S states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) and six Mexican
states (Tamaulipas, Vera Cruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana
Roo) with the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
Gulf of Mexico Shoreline
The United States and Mexico form the Gulf of Mexico's mainland shore, which extends
more than 4,000 miles from the Florida Keys to Cabo Catoche, at the northwestern
tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico Sanctuaries
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary contains the northernmost tropical
coral reefs in the U.S.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the wintering
ground of most of the world's whooping cranes in the wild.
Padre Island National
Seashore in Texas is the nation's longest stretch of undeveloped beach.
Gulf of Mexico Fishing Environmental
For Immediate Release: July 19, 2005
Management Means “Every Fish Counts,” says Coalition of Fishing and
Louisiana) The Gulf Restoration Network along with a coalition of conservation
and fishing organizations today released a report analyzing and critiquing fisheries
management in the Gulf of Mexico. The report, titled “Every Fish Counts,”
exposes a failure to minimize bycatch—wildlife caught accidentally when
other species are targeted.
primary government entities responsible for fisheries management in the Gulf of
Mexico’s federal waters are the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
(Gulf Council) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Both have recognized
for many years that important wildlife interactions need to be considered for
good management. This “ecosystem-based approach” is now being considered
by NMFS and the Gulf Council.
bycatch is a major component of any effective ecosystem management plan. The Gulf
Restoration Network’s report “Every Fish Counts” sends that
message to the Gulf Council, NMFS, and the public.
amount of bycatch in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery is highlighted in “Every
Fish Counts.” Reef fish include popular fish such as red snapper and grouper.
The report indicates that bycatch could be a key reason why such fish are depleted
and significant fishing restrictions have been required.
popular Gulf reef fish are depleted,” explained Aaron Viles, Fisheries Campaign
Director of the Gulf Restoration Network. “A significant factor is that
we don’t include estimates of fish that die in other fisheries. For example,
when setting an annual quota for red snapper, we need to include the number of
red snapper caught and killed out of season when people are fishing for vermilion
Bycatch is an important
factor in managing depleted fish. Internationally, an estimated 25 percent of
the world's fish catch—some 44 billion pounds of fish—and thousands
of other ocean animals such as dolphins and seabirds are captured annually as
bycatch. Anecdotal estimates from the Gulf of Mexico indicate that bycatch more
than doubles the directed allowable catch of some reef fish species. In fact,
the report finds that 100% of overfished reef fish species in the Gulf lack a
comprehensive effective bycatch plan, despite a legal mandate to minimize bycatch
established by the U.S. Congress almost ten years ago.
regulations don’t address the big picture,” agreed Maura Wood of the
Sierra Club. “The message today is simple: until we account for all fish
that are killed, no matter the source, fish populations will be depleted because
overfishing will still be occurring.”
the report, the Gulf Restoration Network calls on the Gulf Council and NMFS to
develop and enact effective bycatch regulations as part of long-term ecosystem
management. The regulations must include the following guidelines:
All managed fisheries must develop bycatch estimates.
Bycatch estimates must take into consideration species that are thrown overboard
because they are too small or are out of season as well as those that are discarded
because they have no value.
Bycatch estimates must include all commercial and recreational types of fishing
· All efforts to estimate
bycatch must be peer-reviewed.
Bycatch estimates must by fully incorporated into management decisions, including
calculations of yearly total allowable catch.
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, a body of knowledgeable individuals appointed
by the President to develop recommendations for a new and comprehensive national
ocean policy, underscored that action was needed to reduce bycatch in their report
released last year.
Frank Muller-Karger, a professor at University of South Florida College of Marine
Science, stated, “Various species of animals are caught by accident while
we conduct our business or pleasure in the ocean. This bycatch problem is larger
than most people know, and larger than some care to admit. The U.S. Commission
on Ocean Policy made a series of recommendations that, above all, will require
a scientific process to define the true total allowable catch and will require
those fishing to keep within these guidelines. The science needs to help us understand
how the fish depend on different parts of the environment including other fish,
and how different uses of the ocean affect marine wildlife. This is what we are
calling ecosystem-based management.”
Gulf fishermen believe that management changes are needed to help reduce wasteful
bycatch. Commercial Fisherman William Ward attended the Florida event releasing
the report. He said, “Fishermen, NMFS, conservation groups, academics…we
all need to work together to develop better ways to reduce bycatch for long term
sustainability. Lasting, stable resources should be the management priority. Immediate
profit can’t be the primary focus.”
Fishermen also spoke out for better measures to reduce bycatch. Captain Bob Zales,
II, a charter boat owner and operator with over 40 years experience said, “Regulatory
and economic discards need to be addressed. Shrimp bycatch of red snapper and
commercial hydraulic and electric bandit rig fishing with 30 and 40 hook rigs
cause release mortality of red snapper to exceed 80% of discards. These destructive
gears and the destructive longlines, which kill everything that is hooked, are
not only killing juvenile fish but also ripping apart the bottom habitat and destroying
with the Louisiana Charterboat Association said, "I believe in a holistic approach
to fisheries management. All sides benefit from bycatch reduction and the resource
is important to all, including consumers of fish and shrimp. If shrimpers alone
are blamed for not using technology which doesn't exist, it is unfair. They are
also part of the fishery."
hope that the “Every Fish Counts” report will motivate positive changes
in the Gulf of Mexico fishing regulations.
download a copy of the report, please visit http://healthygulf.org
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