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Florida Fishermen to cast vote against net ban

Local commercial fishermen plan to petition Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) next month to place an amendment on the November ballot reversing the gill net ban. Mark Coarsey, of Fishing for Freedom’s Manatee County chapter, has been collecting signatures in support of lifting the net ban at the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in recent years. He will be taking them to the last of five CRC meetings in the state on Tuesday, March 13, from 1-7 p.m. at the University of South Florida Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. >click to read< 17:53

Linda Brandt: Mullet is so much more than bait

I grew up thinking mullet was only for bait and smoking for dip. That was probably because when I went fishing with my dad, he used mullet for bait. And because he fished with a rod and reel and mullet are mostly caught with cast nets, they didn’t show up freshly caught on our table. Apparently I have been missing out on not only one of Florida’s oldest delicacies, but a piece of state history as well. >click to read< 15:30

Cortez helps Florida fishing communities hit by Irma

Residents of the Cortez historic fishing village are reaching out to provide aid to fellow commercial fishermen in Chokoloskee and Everglades City in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The donation drive kicks off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511, 2511 75th St. in Bradenton. Collection will continue through 4 p.m. with items being delivered to a distribution point at the Chokoloskee Church of God on Wednesday morning. click here to read the story 08:44

Saturday and Sunday! Stone Crab Festival in Cortez! Be There!!

The Stone Crab Festival,  held along north Sarasota Bay in the historic Cortez commercial fishing village, returns for its third year Saturday and Sunday. Organizers are promising  “tons of food and drinks, live music, and boat loads of fresh stone crab”  and “all vendors on site are local artisans from the surrounding area.” Read the rest here 09:30

Cortez in running for “Ultimate Fishing Town” title

Bradenton.com – CORTEZ — Manatee County’s historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the “Ultimate Fishing Town.” Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks’ Ultimate Fishing Town contest,

putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000. “I just think Cortez is coming into its own,” Karen Bell said. “People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing.” continued