Improve Fishing Skills at Free Biscayne National Park Class

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Captain Matt Lofton and Mary Muratori with a black grouper

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News Release Date: March 8, 2016

Contact: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679

HOMESTEAD, Fla. --- The experience and wisdom of boat captains and scientists combine in free fishing classes taught by Biscayne National Park experts. The three and a half hour classes begin at 6:00 PM on April 6, July 20, October 26 and December 14, 2016. The classes are offered in both English and Spanish at Suniland Park, 8398 SW 128th Street in Pinecrest.

“By helping anglers in the community we are also improving the health of the fisheries and protecting the amazing resources of the park,” said Captain Gil Muratori. “Each depends on the other.”


A veteran fishing captain, a fishery scientist and a park biologist teach the free courses. They help people to identify the fish they catch, understand fishing regulations and get the most out of their fishing experience. Course benefits include:

  • Free fish identification guides and other materials.
  • Advice on tackle, equipment maintenance and fishing techniques including "catch and release.”
  • Understanding how improved fishing depends upon protecting resources.

Seats in the class must be reserved by calling 305-230-1144 x036 or sending an e-mail to (se habla Español). Please mention your language preference when registering.


1,200 people have benefited from the park’s fishing class since it began in 2007. The class is provided as a service to the community by volunteers as well as park employees and contractors. More classes may be offered depending upon interest and the availability of instructors and facilities.


For more information about Biscayne National Park visit or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at “biscaynenps.”




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Last updated: March 9, 2016

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