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Florida Regulations 68B-33.003 - Marlin and Sailfish Possession Limits; Prohibition of Harvest for Spearfish; Prohibition of Sale; Exception; Gear Restrictions

Florida Regulations > Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission > Division 68B > Chapter 68B-33 > § 68B-33.003. Marlin and Sailfish Possession Limits; Prohibition of Harvest for Spearfish; Prohibition of Sale; Exception; Gear Restrictions


Current as of: Dec. 2011

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (4), no person shall possess more than one blue marlin, white marlin or sailfish, either individually or in combination at any time. Possession of more than one such fish within the state shall constitute a violation of this rule.

    (2) No person shall harvest in or from state waters, nor possess while in or on the waters of the state, or land, any longbill spearfish, Mediterranean spearfish, or any roundscale spearfish. The purchase, sale, or exchange of any such spearfish is prohibited.

    (3) Except as provided in subsection (4), no person, firm, or corporation shall buy, sell, trade, barter, or exchange billfish in any form or manner, or receive anything of value for any billfish with or without changing possession thereof. This subsection shall not be construed to prohibit billfish tournaments that award monetary or other prizes, so long as all other requirements of this chapter are met.

    (4) The possession limit and prohibition of sale contained in this rule shall not apply to the following situations:

    (a) Blue marlin, white marlin or sailfish, may be kept on the premises of a wholesale or retail seafood business or restaurant for the limited purpose of smoking such fish for the harvesters thereof, so long as each such fish or part is packaged or otherwise clearly labeled to indicate the name and address of the owner and no portion of the fish is exchanged for the service.

    (b) Blue marlin, white marlin, or sailfish, may be transported by and kept on the premises of a taxidermist for the limited purpose of mounting such fish for the harvesters thereof, so long as each such fish is clearly labeled to indicate the name and address of the owner and no portion of the fish is exchanged for the service.

    (5) The possession of any billfish aboard a vessel fishing in state waters with longline gear or any gill or trammel net is prohibited.

    (6) The taking or attempted taking of billfish in or from state waters is prohibited except by use of hook and line gear.

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U.S. Code Provisions: Fishing (Commercial)

U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 13A - Fishing Industry
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 9A - Preservation Of Fishery Resources
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10 - Northern Pacific Halibut Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10B - Fish Restoration And Management Projects
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10C - Fish Research And Experimentation Program
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 11 - Regulation Of Landing, Curing, And Sale Of Sponges Taken From Gulf Of Mexico And Straits Of Florida
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15A - Great Lakes Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15B - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Restoration
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15C - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Tissue Bank
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16 - Tuna Conventions
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16A - Atlantic Tunas Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16B - Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16C - South Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 20 - National Fisheries Center And Aquarium
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation And Management
U.S. Code Title 16 > Chapter 52 > Subchapter IV - Commercial Fishing Fleet Adjustment
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56 - North Atlantic Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56A - Pacific Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 60 - Fish And Seafood Promotion
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 61 - Interjurisdictional Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71 - Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71A - Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 75 - High Seas Fishing Compliance
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 76 - Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 77 - Yukon River Salmon
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 88 - Western And Central Pacific Fisheries Convention

Federal Regulations: Fishing (Commercial)

U.S. Code > Title 15 > Chapter 13A - Fishing Industry
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 9A - Preservation Of Fishery Resources
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10 - Northern Pacific Halibut Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10B - Fish Restoration And Management Projects
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 10C - Fish Research And Experimentation Program
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 11 - Regulation Of Landing, Curing, And Sale Of Sponges Taken From Gulf Of Mexico And Straits Of Florida
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15A - Great Lakes Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15B - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Restoration
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 15C - Great Lakes Fish And Wildlife Tissue Bank
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16 - Tuna Conventions
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16A - Atlantic Tunas Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16B - Eastern Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 16C - South Pacific Tuna Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 20 - National Fisheries Center And Aquarium
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation And Management
U.S. Code Title 16 > Chapter 52 > Subchapter IV - Commercial Fishing Fleet Adjustment
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56 - North Atlantic Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 56A - Pacific Salmon Fishing
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 60 - Fish And Seafood Promotion
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 61 - Interjurisdictional Fisheries
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71 - Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 71A - Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 75 - High Seas Fishing Compliance
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 76 - Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 77 - Yukon River Salmon
U.S. Code > Title 16 > Chapter 88 - Western And Central Pacific Fisheries Convention
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