Shrimping Rules

In my opinion:

There is an issue I would like to bring up which is courtesy for your neighbor shrimpers. Those generators and clamp-on lights are very annoying , noisy, the lights beaming on everything but the water, blinding the guy that was there first and then he needs to get his shades on or move on. I believe the vibration from the generator keeps them down and out of site. If you have a generator go where all the generator shrimpers are and leave us battery users to our quietness. I found an underwater light at WalMart "StarfireII" that works excellent for around $12. A deep cycle battery will power two of them all night. Anchoring is another thing I've seen happen. if you don't know how to anchor your boat in strong current don't try anchoring in the crowd. you will ruin yours and everyone else's boat and day you collide with as it creates the domino effect. I find it more productive in a secluded quiet spot. the shrimp cover all areas, so there is no one and only spot that is the best.(3' -6' is ideal depth with a good current)

Ramp Courtesy

1. Turn OFF your headlights when backing down the ramp or launching your boat so others are not BLINDED by your lights. Some of the newer vehicles have sensors that automatically turn there lights on and there is two ways to do this: Some use the parking brake, just step on the brake one click or so and should turn off the lights and the other is to turn on the parking lights. (some call this the running lights)
2. Your boat should be ready to launch in the water when you are on the ramp. The only thing you should have to do is to unhook the front of the boat and then back it in the water. You should not be loading the boat while your on the ramp. This takes up way too much time and holds up the launching process for others.
3. When removing your boat from the water simply put it on the trailer and secure it with the winch or hook and then pull off the ramp and out of the way. IF your at River Breeze pull off the ramp and go down by the restrooms or to another parking slot and fix whatever you have to do there. Other wise you tie up the ramp so others can't use it.
4. When launching/removing your boat from the water should take no longer than 2-3 minutes at the most. IF you take any longer than that you are wasting your time and others and basically blocking the ramp. Have your stuff ready BEFORE you launch/remove the boat.
5. If you notice someone launching their boat by themselves offer to help them, this will speed up the ramp faster for everyone and maybe someday that individual will help someone else.
6. Remember to be courteous to all boaters as much as possible and to offer assistance when you can. There is nothing that changes things better than LEADING by EXAMPLE!!!!!!
7. People that do not do the above mentioned items are simply NOT EDUCATED in BOATING!!!! Lets set the examples and teach others how it should be done.  Lead by example and they will follow eventually. It does work. People do pay attention to things. Not only will you benefit from this but so will  everyone else that uses the ramps around.


tip: When you remove the heads from the shrimp, save them in a bucket of water to create a briny slew. then take a washer tied to a string ,set the washer in an old 2 quart container, pour in the slew and freeze for may catch that grand pappy black drum near the piling the next time out!
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46-31.006 Definitions.-- As used in Rules 46-31.005 through the remainder of the chapter:
(1) "Baiting" means the harvest of shrimp by cast net, in the vicinity of poles or stakes driven into the bottom, after a bait (substance used to attract shrimp) has been released in the area.
(2) "Bar measurement" means the mesh size of a net as measured by the distance from the center of a knot to the center of an adjacent knot.
(3) "Big Bend Region" means all state waters of Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties, and all state waters of Wakulla County east of the following described line:
Beginning at the St. Marks Lighthouse, proceed southerly on a straight line to flashing channel marker #1; thence, southerly in a straight line to a point on the state waters boundary where a straight line from flashing channel marker #1 to flashing bell buoy #24 intersects with said boundary.
(4) "Body," as it relates to a part of a shrimp trawl net, means the forward, larger portion of a trawl, extending from wing to wing and from the leading edge of the net to the point of tail (cod end) attachment.
(5) "Brine Box" means a container holding water that has a higher salinity than the surrounding seawater that is generally used aboard a vessel to separate harvested shrimp from by catch.
(6) "Cod end," also known as the "tail" or "bag" of a shrimp trawl, means the terminal cylinder of heavy webbing in which the catch is concentrated as the trawl is fished and which is closed at its rearmost extent by means of purse line or draw string.
(7) "Food shrimp producer" means a person who is not a live bait shrimp producer, but is harvesting shrimp in quantities greater than the bag limit specified in Rule 46-31.007.
(8) "Frame net" means a net in the form of an elongated bag kept open by a rigid frame that is buoyed by floats and is not fished or dragged along the bottom.
(9) "Harvest" means the catching or taking of shrimp by any means whatsoever, followed by a reduction of such shrimp to possession.
(10) "Inshore waters" means all state waters landward of the Colregs Demarcation Line.
(11) "Land," when used in conjunction with the harvest of shrimp, means the physical act of bringing the harvested shrimp ashore.
(12) "Live bait shrimp producer" means any person harvesting shrimp pursuant to a valid license issued as provided in Section 370.15(8) or Section 370.153(3)(a), Florida Statutes.
68B-31.007 Statewide Recreational Shrimping Restrictions.-- Except for persons harvesting shrimp commercially as either a food shrimp producer or a live bait shrimp producer, each person harvesting shrimp in or on the waters of the state shall comply with the requirements specified in this rule.
(1) Bag Limit -
(a) No person shall harvest more than five gallons of shrimp, heads on, per day; provided, however, that two or more harvesters aboard a single vessel in or on the waters of the state shall be subject to the vessel possession limit specified in paragraph (b). (b) The possession of more than five gallons of shrimp, heads on, aboard a vessel in or on the waters of the state or on any dock, pier, bridge, beach, or other fishing site adjacent to such waters, at any time is prohibited.
(c) All shrimp harvested pursuant to this rule shall be landed in a whole condition. The beheading of such shrimp before landing is prohibited.
(2) Allowable Gear - No person subject to the requirements of this rule shall use any type of gear to harvest shrimp other than those types of gear specified herein:
(a) Landing or dip net with an opening no larger than 96 inches around the perimeter.
(b) Cast net with a stretched length (the distance from the horn at the center of the net, with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line) no greater than 14 feet.
(c) Push net.
(d)1. Except as provided in subparagraph 2., one frame net with an opening no larger than 16 feet around the perimeter, if deployed from a vessel or from a structure other than an operational bridge or causeway or catwalk attached to such bridge or causeway.
2. Frame nets shall not be considered an allowable gear for persons harvesting shrimp pursuant to this rule in any waters of the Southeast Region in Dade County.
(e) Shrimp traps meeting the requirements of Section 370.15(5), Florida Statutes.
(a) It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to take or attempt to take shrimp by the use of any trap which:
1. Exceeds the following dimensions: 36 inches long (from rear of the heart to the leading edge of the trap), by 24 inches wide (between the leading edges of the trap, or heart opening), by 12 inches high; or
2. Has external or unattached wings, weirs, or other devices intended to funnel shrimp to the trap heart.
(b) This subsection shall not be construed to restrict the allowable shape or configuration of any shrimp trap so long as the trap, together with all of its parts, conforms to the specifications of paragraph (a).
(c) Any shrimp trap which conforms to the specifications of paragraph (a) shall not be considered a pound net.
(d) The user of any trap shall affix his or her name and address securely to each trap. Any such trap not having proper identification is subject to confiscation by the commission. No person, firm, or corporation shall have more than four traps in use at any time. The commission shall have the authority to inspect such traps when being used in or on the waters of the state.
(e) The presence of unattended shrimp traps on or attached to beaches, causeways, seawalls, bridges, or any other structures open for use by the public is hereby declared to be a nuisance. Any such trap which is not attended by the person whose name is affixed to the trap is subject to confiscation by the commission.
(f) Beach or haul seine with a mesh area no larger than 500 square feet.
(3) Baiting - A person harvesting shrimp pursuant to this rule may use a cast net in conjunction with nonmetal poles to bait shrimp if such use is in compliance with the following restrictions.
(a) No more than 5 poles shall be set at any one time by any person.
(b) Each pole may not exceed one inch in diameter.
(c) Poles shall be driven into the bottom, set no closer than 10 yards apart, and the distance between the first and last pole shall not exceed 50 yards.
(d) Poles shall only be set, fished, and retrieved during daylight hours. The term "daylight hours" means the period beginning 1/2 hour before official sunrise and continuing through 1/2 hour after official sunset, each day. All poles shall be removed each day by 1/2 hour after official sunset.
(e) Each pole shall be marked with white reflective tape.
(f) No pole shall be set within 50 yards of any dock, pier, public boat landing or ramp, seawall, jetty, or bridge.
(g) Poles shall be tended at all times. The term "tend" means that the harvester is within 100 yards of the nearest pole at all times.
(h) Persons harvesting shrimp by this method shall be subject to the bag limit specified in subsection (1).
Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History - New 1-1-92, Amended 1-1-96, 6-3-96, 12-2-99, Formerly 46-31.007.
(1) Size Limit -
(a) Each person harvesting shrimp in or on state waters as a food shrimp producer shall possess shrimp that are of legal size. Shrimp shall be considered of legal size if all the shrimp in possession of the harvester are determined to have an average count not exceeding 47 shrimp per pound with the heads on or 70 shrimp per pound with the heads off. An average count shall be determined separately for the two portions of the catch consisting of heads-on and heads-off shrimp. The average count shall be determined by sampling the catch at five different locations selected randomly to be as widely separated within the catch or portion of the catch as practicable. Each sample shall consist of at least one pound of shrimp. The counts of each of these five samples shall be averaged to determine the average count for the catch or portion of the catch. This subsection shall not apply to any seabob (Xiphopenaeus kroyeri) in possession of the harvester.
(b) The size limit provisions of paragraph (a) shall not apply in:
1. The Big Bend Region.
2. The Northeast Region.
3. Any of the waters of the Northwest Region east of the line formed by 8513.50' West Longitude.
4. Any waters of the Southeast Region in Dade County. (2) No person harvesting shrimp in or on state waters as a food shrimp producer shall use a brine box to separate shrimp from other species or possess a brine box aboard the vessel used for such harvest.


Sport Fishing Regulations
(including crabbing, clamming, oystering, and shrimping)
Special Conditions
Fishing is permitted in accordance with State regulations in the open waters of the Indian River, Banana River, Mosquito Lagoon and Mosquito Control impoundments and interior lakes except for the Kennedy Space Center security areas, subject to the following special conditions:
· Daytime sport fishing is permitted in all areas of the refuge outside the Kennedy Space Center Security Area.
· Night sport fishing is permitted from boats in the open waters of the Indian River, Banana River and mosquito Lagoon with a Refuge Night Fishing Permit The self-issuing permit must be filled out and carried by each person fishing on the refuge between sunset and sunrise. Bank fishing is not permitted at night
·Nighttime launching of boats is permitted only at Beacon 42 Fish Camp and Bairs Cove.
· Air thrust boats, hovercraft, and personal watercraft are prohibited. No boats may be launched from Black Point Wildlife Drive
· Public access off SR 3 (Kennedy Parkway) is limited to designated and/or posted access routes and launch arm
· Fishing in close proximity to manatees is prohibited. Fishing lines must be attended at all times. Discarding of tangled line onto refuge land or waters is prohibited.
· Boat speeds are restricted to idle speed in Bairs Cove and KARS Marina and Slow to Minimum Wake in Haulover Canal. Other refuge waters are also frequented by manatees. Please use caution and watch for manatees in your path.
·Manatee Refuge - The portion of the Banana River delineated (on the reverse side of this permit) is closed to all motorized boats. This includes any boat having an attached motor (or non-attached and capable of use) including all outboard, inboard and electric trolling motors Non-motorized boats such as canoes, rowboats and sailboats are not harmful to manatees and may enter the no motor zone.
· Commercial fishermen and sports fishermen using commercial fishing gear are required to obtain an annual special Use Permit. The permit is available at the refuge headquarters subject to an annual fee.
· Camping, overnight parking, firearms and open fires are not permitted on the refuge. Pets must remain on a leash or in your vehicle at all times.
· Additional information may be obtained by contacting Refuge headquarters on SR 402, four miles east of Titusville between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; telephone (321) 861~0667.

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