Author: Fishgoddess54 (---.cr.net.cable.rogers.com)
Date: 01-26-11 10:21
Puerto Rico Joins Belize, Makes Bonefish and Permit Catch and Release
December 22, 2010
Effective in late December 2010, Puerto Rico will make bonefish and permit catch and release species. Tarpon have been a catch and release species since 2004. This is great news for bonefish, tarpon, and permit conservation.
Press Release from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
In order to update and improve management measures for commercial and sport fishing resources in Puerto Rico waters, the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources has prepared a new fishing regulation, which will go into effect in late December 2010. The new regulations build upon the previous version approved in 2004.
The sport fishing community participated very actively in the numerous public hearings around the island, and enthusiastically supported the new measures to protect bonefish and permit as catch and release species. Tarpon have enjoyed this same protection since 2004. Common snook are protected in Puerto Rico through a slot limit that prohibits their retention below 22" and above 38" fork length.
With these and other progressive fisheries measures, Puerto Rico seeks to satisfy the marine sport fishing expectations of visitors and residents alike, as well as to conserve commercial fisheries resources for future generations.
Fishgoddess54 from the frozen north (Canada)