Besides being Labor Day, Monday marks the opening of snook harvest season throughout Florida, following the summer spawning closure.
Anglers may keep one snook per person per day measuring 28 to 32 inches in the Atlantic and 28 to 33 inches in the Keys, Everglades National Park and Gulf of Mexico. The fishery will remain open until Dec. 15. Anglers are invited to report their catches at SnookFoundation.org and to save their filleted carcasses for snook researchers. For a list of carcass drop-off sites, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “saltwater” then “snook” and “snook anglers asked to help with research.”
• While South Florida anglers rush to try to prevent the demolition of a prime bait-fishing spot, the “bent range” off Government Cut, they still have plenty of time to stop similar plans for Everglades National Park. The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to remove channel markers in the Flamingo region of the park extending from Coot Bay to the entrance of the Little Shark River. The agency also is considering transferring ownership of all aids to navigation in the park to the National Park Service. The deadline for public comment is Oct. 1. Email D07-SMB-DPWPublicComments@uscg.mil.
• Forget trying to build a better mousetrap. You could win $10,000 for designing a better life jacket, or personal flotation device. The BoatUS Foundation and Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association are looking for new design ideas to make life jackets more comfortable, inexpensive, reliable and safer. Anyone may enter the “Innovation in LIfe Jacket Design Competition,” which runs through April 15, 2015, by submitting ideas to www.BoatUS.org/design.