Some tarpon gear banned
The Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule Thursday that prohibits the use of some fishing gear for tarpon.
The rule bans using gear rigged with a weight attached to the bottom of the hook, which some fishermen use to snag or jig tarpon during tournaments in Boca Grande Pass, off Lee County. The controversial fishing practice has been known to kill tarpon.
The new rule comes after the FWC approved giving both tarpon and bonefish gamefish status and setting up strict rules for the two species of fish.
It wasn't jellyfish sting
A 26-year-old Swedish tourist who was nauseous and suffering from paralysis while on snorkel boat Wednesday night was exhibiting symptoms of Crohn's disease, not a jellyfish sting, as reported by the Coast Guard.
The call was initially reported as a jellyfish sting, before the crew on the Sebago Watersports boat realized the customer suffered from Crohn's disease, said owner Paul McGrail.
The woman was treated at Lower Keys Medical Center, he said.
FWC offers exemption for military
Disabled veterans, active and reserve duty military personnel, and immediate family members of these veterans can apply for a new special events recreational hunting and fishing license exemption.
To qualify, special events must be designed to provide rehabilitation or enjoyment to disabled veterans or active/reserve duty military personnel in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Parents, spouses and children of participating veterans and one assistant for each disabled veteran are included in each event's license and permit exemptions.
For more information and to apply, visit MyFWC.com/License.