The Everglades ecosystem is home to at least 22 non-native 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 roundup to raise public awareness about the potential negative impacts of releasing non-native fish into Florida waters, and to encourage anglers to target these non-native species for consumption. The Roundup will also gather data into non-native fish distribution and abundance that can assist in their management.
The roundup 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, largest aggregate catch (weight), 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.
SW 8th St. & SW 172 Ave.
Miami-Dade County, FL
The intent of the 2012 Everglades CISMA Non-Native Fish Roundup is to raise awareness of the potential negative environmental consequences of releasing non-native fish and to gather information on non-native fish and their ranges throughout the Everglades.
Registration: The registration fee is $25.00 per person. On-line registration must be completed by 5:00 PM, May 18th, 2012. All participants will receive an Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-up T-shirt as well as merchandise from our sponsors.
2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up Start/Stop: The 2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up will begin at 7:01 am on May 19th 2012 and lines must be out of the water by 3:00 PM. The 2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up Committee reserves the right to amend the start and finish times of the 2012 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 Miccosukee Arches and will officially open at noon the day of the Round-Up. 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, Monroe and Palm Beach counties).
Weather: The 2012 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 2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up Committee reserves the right to postpone the event and use a back-up date.
Cash and Prize Awards: (Awards will be given upon the completion of weigh-in)
Largest Fish: There will be a 1st place prize of $300 and a plaque for the single largest (weight) fish. There will be a 2nd place prize of $200 and a plaque for the second largest (weight) fish. There will be a 3rd place prize of $100 and a plaque for the third largest (weight) fish. Junior division prize of $75 and a plaque will be awarded to the junior angler with the largest (weight) fish.
Total Weight: There will be a 1st place prize of $300 and a plaque for the most (weight) fish. There will be a 2nd place prize of $200 and a plaque for the second most (weight) fish. There will be a 3rd place prize of $100 and a plaque for the third most (weight) fish. Junior division prize of $75 and a plaque will be awarded to the junior angler with the most (weight) fish.
Non-native Slam: There will be a single prize of $300 as well as a junior prize of $100 for the angler that brings in the greatest variety of non-native fish species. In the event of tie, the aggregate weight of the combined fish will determine the winner.
*Cash Prizes listed above are based on an entry of 70 anglers. Prizes will be re-calculated on date of event after registration closes.
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. Miccosukee and Seminole Indians may harvest fish with traditional methods.
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: Peacock bass are not eligible for any category. All fish must be treated humanely and must be brought to the weigh-in DEAD and on ice. Any fish brought in alive or not on ice will be disqualified. We encourage anglers to keep and consume their fish after the weigh-in.
Waiver Disclaimer: It is expressly understood that participants in the 2012 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 for liable, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury, or death suffered by any participant, entrant, vessel, and equipment, companions, and guests, boat captains, mates, crew members, which may occur during or in conjunction with the 2012 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 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 2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up agree that all decisions made by the 2012 Everglades CISMA non-native Fish Round-Up committee/rules committee shall be final and binding in any manner requiring their action.