Tarpon, bonefish become catch-and-release-only Sept. 1

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Tarpon and bonefish become catch-and-release only fisheries beginning Sept. 1.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved this measure June 12 to recognize that bonefish and tarpon’s economic and fishing values greatly exceed their value as food fishes.

The following changes go into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida:

•All tarpon harvests will be eliminated, except for a single tarpon harvest or possession for an International Game Fish Association record, along with a tarpon tag.

•Tarpon tags are limited to one per person annually, licensed charter boat captains and fishing guides.

•Transport or shipment limit is one fish per person.

•There is a one-fish-per-vessel limit for tarpon.

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