Blackfin tuna, shortfin mako changes go into effect
Several saltwater fishing regulation changes have taken effect, including new rules on blackfin tuna and shortfin mako, with the start of the new year.
As of Jan. 1, the recreational limit for blackfin tuna is two fish per person or 10 fish per vessel, whichever is greater, in state and federal waters off Florida.
As of Jan. 1, the minimum size limit for recreational harvest of shortfin mako increases from 54 inches to 83 inches fork length in Florida state waters.
Shortfin mako is overfished and undergoing overfishing, and the measures are a part of ongoing international efforts to help rebuild the resource for a sustainable fishery in the future.
Learn more at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Billfish, Tuna and Highly Migratory Species.” Learn more about shark regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Sharks.”