The Everglades ecosystem is home to at least 22 nonnative freshwater fish species. These non-native 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 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 one day event open to all anglers (shore or boat) fishing in the Everglades area. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish (not including Snakehead), largest Snakehead, largest aggregate catch (not including Snakehead), largest aggregate catch of Snakehead only. We will award a “Slam” prize to the angler that catches the greatest number of non-native species. There will also be a junior prize division which will include prizes as well.
172th Ave. and US 41
University of Florida Research Center
3205 Cllege Ave.
Davie, FL 33314
Collier County Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Environmental Science Division
1495 Smith Preserve Way
Naples, FL 34102
The intent of the 2016 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.
REGISTRATION: This is a team event. There can be 1-4 anglers per team. ALL anglers must register online as individuals! All registration (www.Evergladescisma.org/roundup) must be completed online by 9:00 pm, April 14th, 2016. Anglers registering after April 10th are not guaranteed a t-shirt due to the time required to print them before the event. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event.
2016 EVERGLADESS CISMA NON-NATIVE FISH ROUND-UP START/STOP: The 2016 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up will begin at 6 am on April 16th, 2016 and end at 3:30 PM. ALL TEAMS MUST CHECK IN BY 3:30 OR BE DISQUALIFIED. TIP: Allow plenty of time for traffic – don’t be late! There will be no check in before 2:00 pm. Weigh scale stations will open at 2:00 pm.
CHECK-IN/WEIGH-INS: Scales will be positioned at three different locations and will officially open at 2:00 PM the day of the Round-Up. 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) Collier County location is at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Science Division (1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, Florida 34102)
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. This event is not a team competition. Each angler must catch their own fish and distinguish them from the fish caught by others if fishing in a group.
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 2016 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 2016 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.
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
Largest Snakehead: There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize of a gift certificate and plaques for the single largest (weight) Snakehead. The tie breaker is the weight of the second heaviest snakehead.
Most Snakehead: There will be a 1st and 2nd place team prize of a gift certificate and plaques for the heaviest aggregate weight of Snakeheads.
Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead): There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize of a gift certificate and plaques for the single largest (weight) nonnative fish (not including Snakeheads).
Most Weight of Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead): There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize of a gift certificate and plaques for the highest aggregate weight of nonnative fish (not including Snakeheads).
Nonnative Slam: There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize of a gift certificate and a plaque for the team that brings in the highest number of nonnative fish species. In the event of tie, the highest 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 2016 Everglades CISMA Non-native 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 2016 Everglades CISMA Non-native 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 2016 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up agree that all decisions made by the 2016 Everglades CISMA Nonnative Fish Round-Up rules committee shall be final and binding in any manner requiring their action.