7th Annual Everglades CISMA Non-Native Fish Round Up

April 16, 2016


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.

 

Results

The 7th Annual Everglades Non-Native Fish Round-Up had a total of 65 anglers with approximately 543 pounds of non-native fish caught. There was a tie in the slam category which was broken by total aggregate weight. More information regarding the prizes will be emailed to the winners later this week. If you would like us to email you your team’s stats, let us know and we can get it to you. Thank you for your participation in this year’s Non-Native Fish Round-Up and we hope to see you again next year!

 

Adult Division

Nonnative Slam:

1st Place: Michael Carabeo, Ziggy Carabeo, and Jorge Carabeo (8 species, 29.63 pounds; Mayan, Midas, Spotted Tilapia, Jaguar Guapote, Black Acara, Pike Killifish, Sailfin catfish, Jewelfish)

2nd Place: Craig Perry, Joe Ingram, Michelle Prats (8 species, 8.84 pounds;  Midas, Mayan, Spotted Tilapia, Blue Tilapia, Black Acara, Pike Killifish, Sailfin Catfish, Jewelfish)

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: John Gleeson (Sailfin catfish; 3.58 pounds)

2nd Place: Donovan Tate and Raul Amador (Blue Tilapia; 3.0 pounds)

 

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

1st Place: Melissa Smith and Anthony Fernandez (95.2 pounds; Oscar and Mayan)

2nd Place:  Daniel Hagood (73.78 pounds; Walking catfish, Blue Tilapia, Sailfin catfish, Mayan, Spotted Tilapia)

 

Most weight of and largest Snakehead:

John Gleeson (3.3 pounds; 1.1 pounds, respectively)

 

Junior Division

Nonnative Slam:

1st Place: Nicholas Valderrama, Ethan Gaunaurd, Luis Sanchez, Christopher Costa (5; Walking Catifsh, Midas, Spotted Tilapia, Hornet Tilapia, Jewelfish)

2nd Place: Elliot Suarez, Sophie Barimo (4; Oscar, Jaguar Guapote, Mayan, Spotted Tilapia)

 

Largest Nonnative Fish (not including the Snakehead):

1st Place: Jonnie LaPadula (3.84 pounds; Blue Tilapia)

2nd Place: Yves and Ethan Rogge (2.76 pounds; Sailfin Catfish)

 

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

1st Place: Ryan Osborne (38.3 pounds; Mayan and Oscar)

2nd Place: Timmy, Tommy, and Hayden Hawes (26.46 pounds; Mayan)

 

Most weight of and largest Snakehead:

Timmy, Tommy, and Hayden Hawes (5.46 pounds; 2.18 pounds, respectively)

 

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

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 and to gather information on nonnative fish and their ranges throughout the Everglades.

 

Rules and Regulations - For a Printable Version, Click Here


REGISTRATION: All registration (www.Evergladescisma.org/roundup) must be completed online by 9:00 pm, April 10th, 2014. Multiple anglers fishing from the same boat must distinguish their catch from one another. 

2016 EVERGLADESS CISMA NON-NATIVE FISH ROUND-UP START/STOP: The 2016 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up will begin at safe light on April, 16th 2016 and end at 3:30 PM.  ALL ANGLERS MUST CHECK IN BY 3:30, anglers arriving after 3:30 will be disqualified. There will be no check in before 2:00 pm.  The 2016 Everglades CISMA Nonnative 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 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: 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 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 the conditions permit the safety of 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. 

PRIZE AWARDS:

This year prizes will be awarded to teams of 1-4 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 team that catches the greatest number of non-native species.  

There will be a junior division which also includes teams of 1-4. If a youth is fishing in a team with an adult, then they will not be able to participate in the Junior division and the team will automatically be placed in the adult team division. Junior prizes will only be awarded to those teams that consist of juniors 16 and under. 

Please be aware if you are a team of one, you may be competing against a team of four. We encourage all anglers to get their friends and family involved in this event to increase their odds of winning.

*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 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 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 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. 

WAIVER DISCLAIMER: It is expressly understood that participants in the 2016 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 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, 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 2016 Everglades CISMA Non-native Fish Round-Up agree that all decisions made by the 2016 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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