• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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Fisheries Awareness Class

Fisheries Awareness Class Participants listen to biologist.
Participants look on as Biscayne fisheries biologist Vanessa McDonough talks about the fishing regulations and their purpose.
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Fisheries Awareness Class is a FREE program offered by Biscayne National Park to help you learn more about fishing in our Park. The objective of the course is to produce educated anglers and park visitors who are knowledgeable about the fishing regulations and who understand the rationale behind these rules. During the class, some of the things you will learn include:

 
Captain Muratori shares some of his experiences from years of fishing in South Florida.

Captain Muratori shares some of his experiences from years of fishing in South Florida

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  • Importance of fishing regulations to us and to the fish
  • How to correctly interpret and follow the fishing regulations
  • How to correctly identify your catch
  • Catch and release techniques
  • Tackle choice and maintenance
  • New fishing tips and techniques
 
A ranger measures fish with a park visitor.

A ranger checks an angler's catch as part of a routine safety stop in Biscayne National Park

KODAK/NPS Photo by Neil Montanus

WHO CAN ATTEND?

This FREE course is offered to the general public as a service to the community and a means of preempting violations from taking place. In addition, the course is preferentially offered as a mitigation option to individuals who have received fishing citations. Similar to driving school, individuals who have received fishing citations may, at the discretion of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the ticketing law enforcement agent, take the course in exchange for having their fine reduced or waived.

 
Map to class location.

The class location at Suniland Park

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WHEN AND WHERE

Classes are offered in ENGLISH at Suniland Park (8398 SW128th St in Pinecrest, see map on right) on the following dates. Classes start at 6PM.

  • Wednesday February 19th, 2014
  • Wednesday June 4th, 2014
  • Wednesday August 20th, 2014
  • Wednesday October 8th, 2014
  • Wednesday December 17th, 2014
Classes are offered in SPANISH at the Biscayne National Park Visitor Center Discovery Room (9700 SW 328th St Homestead, FL 33033) on the following dates. Classes start at 10AM.

  • Saturday March 8th, 2014
  • Saturday July 12th, 2014
  • Saturday August 16th, 2014
  • Saturday December 20th, 2014


 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information or to enroll, please contact:

Cristalis Capielo, Fisheries Education Program Coordinator

305-230-1144 ext. 036 or e-mail

(Se habla español)

PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS REGISTRATION CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISED BY PHONE.

REGISTRACTION PARA LA CLASE ES DISPONIBLE SOLO POR TELEFONO.

Did You Know?

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove snapper (also known as gray snapper) must be at least 10 inches long to keep. Following fishing regulations will ensure healthy fisheries in and outside of Biscayne National Park for generations to come. More...