5th Annual Everglades CISMA Non-Native Fish Round Up


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Results

The 5th Annual Non-Native Fish Round was the most successful year we have had so far. There were 55 people registered across the three counties. 580 pounds of invasive fish were caught including a new exotic fish called the Marbled-Pin Catfish (Leiarius marmoratus), which was caught by Nick Valderrama. The results and prizes are as follows:


Adult Categories

  • Largest Fish: John Gleeson- Orinoco Sailfin Catfish (4.10 pounds)
    • Prize: $75 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop, $25 gift certificate to El Capitan, and a plaque
  • Largest Aggregate weight: Jose Gutierrez (104.25 pounds)
    • Prize: $75 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop, $25 gift certificate to El Capitan, and a plaque
  • Largest Snakehead: Daniel Papp (8.25 pounds)
    • Prize: $75 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop, $25 gift certificate to El Capitan, and a plaque
  • Largest aggregate weight of snakeheads: Steve Papp (60.8 pounds)
    • Prize: $75 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop, $25 gift certificate to El Capitan, and a plaque
  • Slam: Jose Gutierrez (13 species)
    • Prize: $75 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop, $25 gift certificate to El Capitan, and a plaque

Junior Categories

  • Largest Fish: Nick Valderrama- Marbled Pin Catfish (6.45 pounds)
    • Prize: $50 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque
  • Largest Aggregate Weight: Sebastian Fraguela (26.85 pounds)
    • Prize: $50 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque
  • Slam: Nick Valderrama (6 species)
    • Prize: $50 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque
  • Largest Snakehead: N/A
  • Largest aggregate weight of snakeheads: N/A

NOTE: Due to the timing of the registration, if you did not receive a shirt, we will have one mailed to you by the end of this week.



Saturday, May 17, 2014

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. All participants will receive a shirt. PRIZES will be awarded for 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. We also will award a "Slam" prize to the angler that catches the greatest number of non-native species.



Online Registration Form

Locations

Miami-Dade
Miccosukee Arches
172th Ave. and US 41

Broward
University of Florida Research Center
3205 College Ave.
Davie, Fl. 33314

Collier County Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Environmental Science Division
1495 Smith Preserve Way
Naples, Florida 34102



The intent of the 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up is to raise awareness of the negative environmental consequences of releasing non-native fish and to gather information on non-native fish and their ranges throughout the Everglades.


Rules and Regulations



REGISTRATION: There is a registration fee of $ 15.00. All registration must be completed online by 9:00 pm, May 16th, 2014. Multiple anglers fishing from the same boat must distinguish their catch from one another using supplied colored zip-ties. All registrants will receive a Roundup T-Shirt.


2014 EVERGLADESS CISMA NON-NATIVE FISH ROUND-UP START/STOP: The 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up will begin at 7:01 am on May, 17th 2014 and lines must be out of the water by 3:00 PM. The 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up Committee reserves the right to amend the start and finish times of the 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up and will use good faith and judgment to ensure a successful event for all participants.


CHECK-IN/WEIGH-INS: Scales will be positioned at three different locations and will officially open at 3:30 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)
Collier County location is at Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Science Division (1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, Florida 34102)

In order to be eligible for weigh-in all anglers must have checked in before 3:20 pm. All anglers will be responsible to disclose general location of fish caught for the ECISMA non-native fish database.


BOUNDARIES: The boundaries are all legal freshwater fishing areas in the greater Everglades area (Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Lee, Monroe and Palm Beach counties).


WEATHER: The 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up is an all weather event. All anglers, boat owners, and all other participants are responsible and encouraged to be familiar with the current local weather conditions and forecasts to determine if the conditions permit the safety of the boat, crew, anglers, and guests. The 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up Committee reserves the right to postpone the event and use a back-up date.


PRIZE AWARDS:

Largest Snakehead: There will be a 1st place prize of a $100 gift certificate ($50 to Bass Pro Shop and $50 to El Capitan Marine), and a plaque for the single largest (weight) Snakehead. There will also be a junior division with a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque to the junior angler with the largest (weight) Snakehead.

Most Snakehead: There will be a 1st place prize of a $100 gift certificate ($50 to Bass Pro Shop and $50 to El Capitan Marine), and a plaque for the most (weight) Snakeheads There will also be a Junior division with a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque to the junior angler with the most (weight) Snakeheads.

Largest Fish (not including the Snakehead): There will be a 1st place prize of a $100 gift certificate ($50 to Bass Pro Shop and $50 to El Capitan Marine), and a plaque for the single largest (weight) fish (not including Snakehead). There will also be a junior division with a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque to the junior angler with the largest (weight) fish (not including Snakehead).

Most Fish (not including the Snakehead): There will be a 1st place prize of a $100 gift certificate ($50 to Bass Pro Shop and $50 to El Capitan Marine), and a plaque for the most (weight) fish (not including Snakeheads). There will also be a junior division with a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque to the junior angler with the most (weight) fish (not including Snakeheads).

Non-Native Slam: There will be a 1st place prize of a $100 gift certificate ($50 to Bass Pro Shop and $50 to El Capitan Marine), and a plaque for the angler that brings in the greatest variety of non-native fish species. There will also be a junior division with a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop and a plaque to the junior angler with the greatest variety of non-native species. In the event of tie the aggregate weight of the combined fish will determine the winner.

* After the weigh in is complete, winners of that weigh in station will be announced. However, winners of the tournament will be announced the following Monday when results have been posted on the website. Checks and plaques will be remitted within seven days to the winners by Federal Express.


FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS: All fish must be caught in compliance with all state of Florida regulations and only within legal fishing areas. The weight and/or length of the eligible fish submitted for weigh-in is subject to state of Florida and/or federal laws. Any person or boat without valid permits and/or licensing 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 to be weighed.


GRASS CARP: 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.


ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS: All fish must be treated humanely and must to be brought to the weigh-in on ice. We encourage anglers to keep and consume their fish after the weigh-in.


WAIVER DISCLAIMER: It is expressly understood that participants in the 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up enter at their own risk and that Everglades CISMA and all participating organizations, Officers, Event Sponsors, and 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 2014 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, 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 surface verbally at the time of the incident, at the weigh-in station.


PARTICIPANTS: Any and all participants entering the 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up agree that all decisions made by the 2014 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up committee/rules committee shall be final and binding in any manner requiring their action.


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