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Old 09-19-2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Boating prohibited in keys

I have heard that FWC is prohibiting boats from being out on the water in the keys. I have also seen several ramps blocked to prevent boats being put in the water.

While I agree that it is probably a good idea due to all the debris in the water I also think that its safe enough during daylight hours at reasonable speeds.

Anyone know when the prohibitions will be lifted and ramps opened? I'd really like to get into the water right after to start clearing traps without buoys to avoid needless killing of lobsters.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:14 AM   #2
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Go to the ramp and ask an FWC guy.. or call.
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Old 09-19-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have sent an info request to FWC. No response yet. They are probably busy. Just hoping someone on this board knew more.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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from my experience with Katrina this was done because of theft
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Old 09-19-2017, 10:24 PM   #5
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I have heard that FWC is prohibiting boats from being out on the water in the keys. I have also seen several ramps blocked to prevent boats being put in the water.

While I agree that it is probably a good idea due to all the debris in the water I also think that its safe enough during daylight hours at reasonable speeds.

Anyone know when the prohibitions will be lifted and ramps opened? I'd really like to get into the water right after to start clearing traps without buoys to avoid needless killing of lobsters.


Best leave traps alone. Felony to molest traps. Buoy or no buoy.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:16 AM   #6
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Received response that ramps in keys are open if not blocked with debris and prohibitions lifted.
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Old 09-21-2017, 10:47 AM   #7
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Let's go down and clean out all the ghost traps.... Great idea.... Thanks for the help.....
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Old 09-21-2017, 01:32 PM   #8
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you are allowed to head out in the upper keys. coast guard doesn't want you over a plane if your less then one mile in shore. they are patrolling
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Old 10-22-2017, 12:54 AM   #9
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Best leave traps alone. Felony to molest traps. Buoy or no buoy.
what if you just verbally harass them? is it just a misdemeanor #MeToo
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:03 AM   #10
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Was down last weekend and conditions broke my heart. The reef on the ocean side of Marathon is covered in a fine white silt. It covered everything!! It was like cave diving. The wrong kick and it was blacked out. On the bayside all my old bug holes were filled in.

There were 100's of abandoned lobster pots tangled together filled with lobster. I tore open a few dozen to let them escape but gave up after hours. All the bugs were soft probably due to starvation as they slowly died in the traps.

How is it not against the law for the commercial guys to throw out more traps before cleaning up the tangled up ones? I thought they were limited on the number of traps they can lay. Not only are the abandoned traps killing lobster senselessly they are hazards to navigation.

Hey FWC either fine the commercial guys are allow average boaters to clean them up without fear of being arrested.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:28 PM   #11
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Was down last weekend and conditions broke my heart. The reef on the ocean side of Marathon is covered in a fine white silt. It covered everything!! It was like cave diving. The wrong kick and it was blacked out. On the bayside all my old bug holes were filled in.

There were 100's of abandoned lobster pots tangled together filled with lobster. I tore open a few dozen to let them escape but gave up after hours. All the bugs were soft probably due to starvation as they slowly died in the traps.

How is it not against the law for the commercial guys to throw out more traps before cleaning up the tangled up ones? I thought they were limited on the number of traps they can lay. Not only are the abandoned traps killing lobster senselessly they are hazards to navigation.

Hey FWC either fine the commercial guys are allow average boaters to clean them up without fear of being arrested.
because they are commercial and have probably have a lobbyist group, the would not be required to do anything that would ever cost them extra money
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:01 PM   #12
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We spent the weekend in the keys but rough weather and terrible vis ran us out.
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:37 AM   #13
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dove 3 days after storm , no problems , fwcc and cg cooperative , slammed the bugs , penned them up and sold them later , water clear until water releases from upstate , then 5 ft vis , even now , bugs gone , hogs thick
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:49 AM   #14
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lobsters were molting , they don't get soft because of starvation , they have a exoskeleton and shed the shell , then inflate with water , the exoskeleton hardens and they grow internally to fit the shell , the com guys will come and extract their traps out those balls of traps , you robbed them of income . at 27 bucks apiece we retrieve our gear , tangled or not . it just takes a while . lobsters can not eat for a month before they atrophy and lose weight , but chances are they will cannibalize the next one to molt before that happens. don't bust open traps .
also a trap is a habitat , and a lobster with half a brain can leave at any time , they choose to stay in it .
also if the tag you have to put on the trap cost you a 100 bucks per certificate you would be eager to recover it
our season is now over , abruptly , many of us will lose our asses due to the storm .
busting open a trap in a ball causes them to lose what little income they might have recouped . the lobsters migrated to the west toward tortugas , and by now are in CUBA .
season over .
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:52 AM   #15
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try reporting locations of these trap balls to fwc , or Florida keys commercial fishermans assoc . that way you are actually are helping , btw , if our traps are found in the water after season , we get fined for each trap .
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