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It may not feel like boating season yet, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with boating safety advocates nationwide, is urging boaters to #KeepYourEdge by enrolling in a boating education course this spring.
The Association of Collegiate Anglers has announced that Sunline will continue its partnership support of the 2019 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and collegiate anglers nationwide.
The courtroom testimony of more than 25 witnesses and work by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police Officers and local prosecutors resulted in two charter boat convictions last Thursday, Feb. 28.

Based on previous studies, NMMA is aware that higher volumes of ethanol in the fuel supply will lead to worse air quality, and the association will file comments to that effect.
Shimano will again assist anglers keep their reels in top-performing condition, and will also showcase the upgraded Calcutta Conquest 300 and 400 size reels during this weekend’s Minnesota Muskie Expo at Concordia University in St. Paul.
A prolonged winter and recent frigid weather are keeping ponds covered with snow and ice well into March, creating conditions for a winterkill.

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed temporary rule to reduce the Gulf of Mexico red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACL) and associated annual catch targets (ACT) to provide increased protections to the population.
Each body of water is broken down by the average weight of fish weighed in a tournament, average percent of anglers who weighed in at least one fish, average number and average weight of bass weighed in per angler and the average time it took to catch a fish 5 lbs. or larger.
AGFC reports some big fish are starting to bite as spring nears, and the action should go wide open as soon as water returns to normal levels and weather warms a bit.

Versatile and easy to carry, the new TrailBlaze™ drop-point folding knife from Outdoor Edge® is a fully capable hunting and outdoors knife that is also conveniently suited for everyday carry.
Mossy Oak Fishing is proud to display Elements Agua, the official pattern of B.A.S.S in its booth at the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Kayak anglers and boaters can now use brush, vegetation and small limbs on the shore as a natural anchor with YakGear’s newest offering, the Brush Gripper.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that $24.75 million in funding is available for local governments and nonprofit organizations seeking to restore local waterways, increase climate resilience and develop the next generation of environmental stewards.
The "On the Water" event at the North Hall ponds July 9 is a perfect opportunity for ICAST exhibitors to demonstrate their products for dealers and media representatives.
Regardless of the date, shanties must be removed before the ice is unable to safely support them. In warmer weather, the ice quickly can become unsafe for anglers to retrieve their property.
Senator David Perdue (R-GA) toured Chaparral Boats Inc.’s facility in Nashville, Georgia – which includes over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and employs a full-time roster of 1,000 people.
Texas Hunter Products is looking for a motivated, results-driven Director of Sales to drive the sale of hunting and fishing products.
Z-Man’s Neko ShroomZ Nose Weight is an intelligent terminal tackle accessory that’s simple and effective to rig with all softbaits, including ElaZtech®
St. Croix pro Jesse Wiggins is a huge fan for the ICAST award-winning Legend Glass family of rods and plans to have a host of them on his deck, including a brand-new model to be released at the Bassmaster Classic Expo.
On the fishing front Frank Ursitti with H&M Landing out of San Diego will tell you about the great spring fishing you can enjoy for the day, or for a couple of days.
The 2019 Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show runs March 14-17 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, with loads of new boats and gear as well as lots of how to seminars from well-known outdoorsmen.
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, has signed on to become a Local Partner Sponsor of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic to be held March 15-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Academy Sports + Outdoors, one of the country’s leading retailers of hunting, fishing and outdoors equipment, has announced a partnership with B.A.S.S. that will help both organizations continue to grow the sport of fishing for years to come.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Boise on March 12-13, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Main Auditorium of the Washington Group Building at 720 E. Park Blvd in Boise.
In a joint effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Bossier Parish Police Jury’s Parks and Recreation Department,14 fish-attracting brush tops were deployed into Lake Bistineau last week.

When you are on a boat, it’s hard to imagine boundaries. The sea is the sea. Wave after wave, it all looks the same. Above-water landmarks are few and far between. There are no signs that say, “now entering federal waters.”

Regulatory boundaries are sometimes hard to fathom. In Florida, one of the biggest fishery management boundaries is that between state waters, where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) makes the regulations, and federal waters, which are mostly managed by federal fishery councils and NOAA Fisheries with input from FWC. Sometimes regulations are the same in both state and federal waters, but not always, which is why it is important to know there is a line, and where that line is.

Florida is the only state where that boundary shifts depending on which coast you are on. State waters in the Atlantic extend out to 3 nautical miles, while in the Gulf they extend out to 9 nautical miles. But why, as many people ask? How did this come to be?

State boundaries in open waters of the United States first began to be defined in the 1940s, mainly due to concerns about rights for oil beneath submerged lands.

In a 1947 case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against California saying the federal government possessed rights in all submerged lands of the Pacific seaward of the low-water mark. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled similarly against Louisiana and Texas.

Congress reacted by creating the Submerged Lands Act of 1953.

This act declared that states owned the submerged lands, and the natural resources within, out to three geographic miles. The act included a provision that a state’s boundary could be extended if it was beyond three geographic miles from the coast prior to when statehood was achieved.

Florida immediately asserted their boundary went beyond 3 geographic miles before it achieved statehood in 1845 and that Congress approved its boundary when Florida was readmitted into the Union after the Civil War. The claim did not make it to the Supreme Court until 1960, where it was proven that Article I of Florida’s Constitution (1868), which was approved by Congress, described the boundary off Florida’s Gulf Coast as “three leagues from mainland.”

Florida’s Atlantic coast boundary was settled at 3 geographic miles from shore.

One nautical league is equal to 3 nautical miles, therefore the “three leagues from mainland” is equal to the 9 nautical miles we manage in the Gulf today. For fishery management purposes, federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles (less so in areas where our waters butt up against other country’s waters such as in the Caribbean). Federal waters are also known as the Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ. For more on the history of this nation’s boundaries, visit

For those interested in measurements, while we use nautical miles today, you may have noted that the original language used geographic miles. There’s really not much of a difference between the two. A geographic mile ( 1 minute of arc along the Earth's equator) is slightly longer than a nautical mile (a geographic mile is 6,087.08 feet and a nautical mile is 6.076.11549 feet), but the difference between 9 geographic miles and 9 nautical miles is less than 100 feet. (Note a geographic mile is also different than a standard English mile, 5,280 feet.)

Another interesting tidbit comes from the creation of the 3-mile limit itself, which sources say stems from how far a cannon ball could reach when fired from land. It is also said that, due to the earth’s curvature, 3 nautical miles is how far it is to the horizon.(Of course, this depends on how high your eyes are above the water.) 

For fisheries management, we’ve created many additional boundaries throughout the years. We have species-specific management zones for fish such as red drum, and FWC manages some species in both state and federal waters. We take into account many different aspects when creating these boundaries, including differences in fish populations, fishing practices and stakeholder needs.

There may not be signage, but it’s always important to know where you are. State/federal boundary lines are marked as the natural resource line on NOAA nautical charts and these lines are also preloaded on most marine GPS units.

Need a map? Check out our maps page at by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Fisheries Maps.”

Have a question about marine fisheries regulations? Want to know more about catch and release? Send your questions, photos and fishing tales to Make sure your photo meets our photo requirements by visiting and clicking on “Saltwater” and “Submit a Photograph” under “Get Involved.” Don’t forget to record all of your catches on the iAngler phone app or at And learn how to submit your catches and get rewarded through our Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs at

The quarterly Gone Coastal column is one of many ways that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management is helping recreational anglers understand complex saltwater regulations and learn more about saltwater fishing opportunities and issues in Florida. We are also available to answer questions by phone or email anytime, and we would love the opportunity to share information through in-person presentations with recreational or commercial fishing organizations. To contact the FWC’s Regulatory Outreach subsection, call 850-487-0554 or email

FWC photo by Amanda Nalley.
March 7
Free Sea Trout Seminar

Featuring Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals” TV and radio, 7 p.m. at T.A. Mahoney’s Marine Supply in east Tampa, public welcome;

March 9-10
Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center

3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.;

Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

March 12
Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook guide Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals TV” for free inshore seminar, 7 to 9 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, free food and drink;

Scott Moore and Captain Mike Anderson Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook captain Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals” radio and TV for a free inshore seminar at 7 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa. Free food and drink are included.

March 16
Longest Trout All-Release Tournament

Tampa Bay, $25 entry, PowerPole Shallow Water Anchor as first prize, proceeds to Angling for Relief pediatric cancer relief, Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach;

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.;

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in;

May 23-24
2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

June 3-9
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel, Biloxi, MS;

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