The species of sturgeon found in Florida — Atlantic (Acipenser oxyrinchus), Gulf (A. o. desotoi), and shortnose sturgeons (Acipenser brevirostrum) – are protected both federally and in the state of Florida. No person shall take, possess or sell any sturgeon or parts thereof, or their nests or eggs, except as allowed by specific federal or state permit or authorization. People who inadvertently catch one must immediately release it alive back to the water.
Triploid grass carp are used for aquatic vegetation control and may not be stocked or harvested without a permit.
They grow to over 40 pounds.
Alligator gar are found only in the panhandle rivers and grow to more than 120 pounds. Their gator–like snout is distinct. Due to their limited numbers, harvest is restricted to individuals with a valid scientific collector’s permit.
Grass carp illustration by Ted Walke; Alligator gar by Duane Raver, Jr.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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