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Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge Regs

Even after visiting the websites, I am not clear of what is legal. Is fishing, lobstering, and marine life collecting (with applicalbe license) permitted within the aquatic park boundaries? Thanks in advance.


  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,261 Moderator
    Anglers can enjoy some of the best flats fishing found anywhere in the world.

    Hunting is not permitted in the refuge, but fishing is permitted.

  • ChumbagChumbag Posts: 381 Officer
    Thanks for the reply, still not clear if lobstering and marine tropical collecting is fishing but assume that it is since it is authorized with a fishing license. Any clarification would be appreciated.
  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 5,261 Moderator
    Why don't you go right to the source

    E-mail: [email protected]
    Phone Number: 305-872-0774
  • ChumbagChumbag Posts: 381 Officer
    I thought the intent of the Ask the Law Forum was to get valid regulation answers from a Special Agent. My experience in the Keys is that LEOs are not always well versed in the evolving regulations; this has particularly been the case regarding marine life collecting. No fault of theirs, they are tough to keep up with. To avoid confusion, I like to have a hard copy available as I had hoped to do with a response. I will try the noted E-mail address and hope for an acccurate response. Thanks again.
  • NOAA-EnforcementNOAA-Enforcement Posts: 202 Moderator
    I don't believe the FWC has anyone who monitors this forum to answer questions. I can only assist you with regulations involving my agency (NOAA).

    The links provided above are excellent places to get answers on your topic or try, “Ask My FWC”.


    My purpose on this site is to help everyone understand Federal Fishery Regulations and to provide information. Working with the Florida Sportsman is a collateral (volunteer) duty I asked for and enjoy; I will only give you an answer that I’m willing to put my name on and stand behind. Sometimes that means checking with other agents/offices in the area of concern.
    Please Stay Safe And Have A Wonderful Day.
    Special Agent Allan Coker
    NOAA's Office For Fishery Law Enforcement
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