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Sea Turtle Safe Handling and Release Gear Outreach on the West Coast of Florida

August 10, 2018

FB18-054 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Bulletin: For more information, Contact Charlie Bergmann, (228) 238-4109, charles.bergmann@noaa.gov


  • NOAA Fisheries requires sea turtle safe handling and release gear be on board federally permitted commercial and for-hire vessels in the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The objective of this requirement is to increase fisherman and sea turtle safety in the event a sea turtle is incidentally captured.  
  • There are also sea turtle handling protocols designed to ensure safe and proper techniques to remove fishing gear from incidentally captured sea turtles. 
  • NOAA Fisheries is providing outreach opportunities during which staff will review the gear  requirements and handling protocols.
  • Dockside outreach will be held in the locations listed below at local marinas. If you would like to request an activity at your marina, please contact Charlie Bergmann at (228) 238-4109 or charles.bergmann@noaa.gov.
  • The outreach sessions do not substitute for the Highly Migratory Species Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops that are required for shark and swordfish limited access permit holders that fish with longline or gillnet gear.
  • Additional information on sea turtle safe handling and release gear and protocols are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/southeast/endangered-species-conservation/sea-turtle-smalltooth-sawfish-and-giant-manta-ray-release 




August 19-20

Panama City

August 20-21

Yankee Town – Hernando Beach

August 21-22

Hudson – Clearwater

August 22-23

Clearwater – St. Pete Beach

August 23-24

Ruskin – Sarasota

August 24-25

Sarasota – Boca Grande

August 25-26

Boca Grande – Port Charlotte

August 26-27

Port Charlotte – Bonita Beach

August 27-28

Bonita Beach – Everglade City



NOAA’s Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery related alerts via text message (SMS). Standard message and data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time. Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures.
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly.

Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777

Other contacts (media):

  • Kim Amendola, (727) 551-5707
  • Allison Garrett, (727) 551-5750 

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on October 26, 2023