8th Annual Everglades CISMA Non-Native Fish Round Up

April 28 and 29, 2017


The Everglades ecosystem is home to at least 26 non-native freshwater fish species. These nonnative fish may be causing detrimental changes to our native fish communities, particularly as the number of new species continues to increase. All but two of these fish were introduced illegally as the result of releases of unwanted pets and food fish, or due to the flooding of aquaculture ponds.​

The Everglades CISMA is hosting the Everglades Non-Native Fish Round-Up on April 28th and 29th, 2017 to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish into Florida waters, and to encourage anglers to target these nonnative species for consumption. The Round-Up will also gather data into non-native fish distribution and abundance that can assist in their management.​

The Round-Up will be a two-day event open to teams of 1-4 anglers (shore or boat) fishing in the Everglades area. Weigh-in will be at 3 pm on Saturday at sites in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Collier counties. All participants will receive a t-shirt. PRIZES will be awarded to the team catching the largest fish (not including Snakehead), largest Snakehead, largest aggregate catch (not including Snakehead), largest aggregate catch of Snakehead only, and will include a junior division. A “Slam” prize will also be awarded to the team that catches the greatest number of nonnative species. Details of prizes and locations can be found on our website.​

 

2017 Results

Winner of the raffle: Melissa Smith

Prize: Half-day butterfly peacock trip for 2 people with one of southeast Florida’s premier guide services, Worldwide Sportfishing Inc.

Adult Division

Nonnative Slam:

1st Place: Team Birdman (11 species; Mayan, Oscar, Jaguar Guapote, Brown Hoplo, Walking Catfish, Spotted Tilapia, Black Acara, African Jewelfish, Sailfin catfish, Mozambique, Blue Tilapia)

Prize: 4 hour Everglades Bowfishing Charter for 4 donated by Arrow Assault Bowfishing (http://facebook.com/arrowassaultbowfishing). The team will also receive a $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: D. Hookers (9 species; Sailfin Catfish, Blue Tilapia, Mayan, Oscar, Spotted Tilapia ,Nile Tilapia, Hornet Tilapia, Black Acara, Midas)

Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: Arrow Assault (Blue Tilapia: 4.4 pounds)

            Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: Clown Posse (Clownknife fish; 3.98 pounds)

            Prize:  Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: Tamiami Terminators (231.7 pounds)

            Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

2nd Place: Arrow Assault (201.6 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Snakeheads:

           1st Place: Arrow Assault (76.8 pounds)

           Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

           2nd Place:  Clown Posse (7.54 pounds)

           Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Snakehead:

           1st Place: Arrow Assault (8.4 pounds)

           Prize: $70 Gift Card to Bass Pro Shop and Personalized Medals

           2nd Place:  Snake and Bake (6.55 pounds)

           Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Junior Division

Nonnative Slam:

          1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (8 species; Snakehead, Jaguar Guapote, Yellow Belly, Spotted             Tilapia, Sailfin Catfish, Tilapia, Mayan, African Jewelfish )

          Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

          2nd Place: Flash fishing (5 species; Mayan, Pike Killifish, Jaguar Guapote, Black Acara,                       Spotted Tilapia)

          Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place:  My2Jrs (Tilapia; 3.8 pounds)

            Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

2nd Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (Tilapia; 3.0 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: My2Jrs (34.2 pounds)

            Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

2nd Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (31.11 pounds)

            Prize: Personalized Medals

 

Most weight of Snakeheads:

           1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (16.4 pounds)

           Prize: $25 Gift Card/ Personalized Medal

 

Largest Snakehead:

           1st Place: Ethan and Yves Rogge (6.3 pounds)

 

Online Registration Form

Weigh-in Locations

Miami Dade
Miccosukee Arches
172th Ave. and US 41

Broward
University of Florida Research Center
3205 Cllege Ave.
Davie, FL 33314

Palm  Beach County
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33473

Everglades Chamber of Commerce
32016 Tamiami Trail E


The intent of the 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up is to raise awareness of the negative environmental consequences of releasing nonnative fish;  gather information on nonnative fish and their ranges throughout the Everglades; and to encourage the removal and consumption of nonnative fish from our waters.

 

Rules and Regulations - For a Printable Version, Click Here


REGISTRATION: This is a team event with 1-4 anglers per team.  ALL anglers must register online as individuals and include the Team name that you are on!  All registration (www.Evergladescisma.org/roundup) must be completed online by 9:00 pm, April 27th, 2017.  Early bird registration (prior to April 20th) will cost $20/angler.  Late registration between April 20th and April 27th will cost $25/angler. No registrations will be accepted April 28th or 29th.  

2017 EVERGLADESS CISMA NON-NATIVE FISH ROUND-UP START/STOP: The 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up will begin at 3 pm on April 28th, 2017 and end at 3 pm on April 29th, 2017. ALL TEAMS MUST CHECK IN BY 3:00 pm April 29th OR BE DISQUALIFIED. TIP: Allow plenty of time for traffic – don’t be late!  There will be no check in before 2:00 pm April 29th, 2017. Weigh scale stations will open at 2:00 pm.  

CHECK-IN/WEIGH-INS: Scales will be positioned at four different locations and will officially open at 2:00 PM April 29th, 2017.

1) The Miami Dade location is at the Miccosukee Arches (172th Ave. and US41)

2) The Broward location is at University of Florida Research Center (3205 College Ave. Davie, Fl. 33314)

3) The Palm Beach County location is at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach , Florida 33473)

4) Everglades Chamber of Commerce (32016 Tamiami Trail E)

ONLY nonnative fish are to be brought to the weigh-in and all nonnative fish must be dead and on ice to qualify.  We encourage anglers to keep and consume their catch after the weigh-in.  All anglers will be responsible to disclose specific locations (GPS coordinates preferred) of fish caught for the ECISMA nonnative fish database.

DEFINITION OF TEAMS: Youth Team, 1-4 anglers under the age of 16.  Adults, 1-4 anglers 16 years and older. Adult and Youth anglers fishing as a team will be considered an Adult team. This is a fun, TEAM event.  Please follow the honor system.           

BOUNDARIES: Fishing for this event is permitted in all legal freshwater fishing areas in the greater Everglades area (Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Lee, Monroe and Palm Beach counties).

WEATHER: The 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up is an all-weather event.  Anglers are responsible for monitoring the current local weather conditions and forecasts to determine if safe conditions exist for the boat, crew, anglers, and guests.

The 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up Committee reserves the right to postpone the event and use a back-up date that will be posted at www.Evergladescisma.org/roundup

PRIZE CATEGORIES:

Participation Prize:  All participants will qualify for a chance to win a half-day butterfly peacock trip for 1-2 people with one of southeast Florida’s premier guide services, Worldwide Sportfishing Inc.  This is a great opportunity to experience a fishing trip you won’t forget!  Visit www.worldwidesportfishing.com       

Team Prizes

Largest Snakehead: The 1st place team will receive a gift certificate and medals, and the 2nd place team will receive medals for the single largest (weight) Snakehead. The tie breaker is the weight of the second heaviest snakehead.  

Most Weight of Snakeheads: The 1st place team will receive a gift certificate and medals, and the 2nd place team will receive medals for the heaviest aggregate weight of Snakeheads. The tiebreaker will be the heaviest snakehead.  

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead): The 1st place team will receive a gift certificate and medals, and the 2nd place team will receive medals for the single largest (weight) nonnative fish (not including Snakeheads).  The tie breaker will be the next heaviest fish.

Most Weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead): The 1st place team will receive a gift certificate and medals, and the 2nd place team will receive medals for the highest aggregate weight of nonnative fish (not including Snakeheads). The tie breaker will be the heaviest fish.

Nonnative Slam: The 1st place team will receive a gift certificate and medals, and the 2nd place team will receive medals for bringing in the highest number of nonnative fish species.  In the event of a tie, the heaviest aggregate weight will determine the winner.   

*After the weigh-in is complete, winners at individual weigh-in stations will be announced. However, winners of the entire tournament will be announced the following Monday. Results will be posted on the www.Evergladescisma.org/roundup website by 5 pm. Prizes will be remitted within seven days to the winners by Federal Express.

FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS: All fish must be caught in compliance with State of Florida regulations and only within legal fishing areas.  Any person or boat without valid licensing or registration are in violation of state and or federal law and may have their fish disqualified at time of weigh-in.  Native fish are not eligible for prizes.

GRASS CARP and BUTTERFLY PEACOCK:  Possession of grass carp is illegal. Grass carp must be returned immediately to the water unharmed as they were released intentionally for aquatic plant control purposes.  Butterfly peacock are protected under state law as a sportfish and are not an eligible species for this contest. To learn more about these species, please visit www.myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/freshwater/nonnatives/

WAIVER DISCLAIMER: It is expressly understood that participants in the 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up enter at their own risk. Everglades CISMA and all participating organizations, officers, event sponsors, committees and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said event, shall be exempt from any liability what so ever for liable, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm,  injury, or death suffered by any participant, entrant, vessel, and equipment, companions, and guests, boat captains, mates, crewmembers, which may occur during or in conjunction with the 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up.  By signing the official registration form, the boat owner, captain and mate(s), anglers and guests consent that ECISMA may use without payment or restriction, photographs or video footage, in which he or she may appear for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material.

PROTEST:  Any protest must be announced verbally at the time of the incident, at the weigh-in station. 

PARTICIPANTS:  Any and all participants entering the 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up agree that all decisions made by the 2017 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up rules committee shall be final and binding in any manner requiring their action.   

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