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Permit and Florida Pompano Identification & Regulations

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Florida Pompano
Common to 6 pounds; may reach 8 pounds
Fish may show yellow on throat, pelvic, and anal fins
Dorsal fin begins forward of anal fin 
22 to 27 soft rays in dorsal fin
20 to 23 soft rays in anal fin
Have no teeth on tongue at any size
Up to 25" fork length
    Common to 40 pounds; may reach 50 pounds
    Fish may show orange or golden tints around breast and anal fin
    Dorsal fin begins over anal fin
    17 to 21 soft rays in dorsal fin
    16 to 19 soft rays in anal fin
    Small permit have teeth on tongue
    Up to 48" fork length
      We gathered some FAQS for Permit and Florida Pompano fish for you.
      What are the legal regulations for Permit and Pompano in Florida?

      Florida Pompano

      Minimum Size Limit: 11" fork length
      Daily Bag Limit: 6 per harvester
      Season: Open year-round
      Gear: Hook and line, cast net and beach or haul seine only
      Special regulations apply for this species when fishing in Biscayne National Park.
      Pompano Endorsement Zone (PEZ)The Pompano Endorsement Zone (PEZ)  is a zone created that allows commercial fishermen who hold a pompano endorsement (PE) to use gill nets legally for pompano in federal waters off Florida. This zone is from federal waters lying between 25°09' North Latitude (Cape Sable) and 26°00' North Latitude (Hurricane Pass in Collier County) in the Gulf of Mexico.


      Special Permit Zone (SPZ)
      The Special Permit Zone includes state and adjacent federal waters south of a line running due east from Cape Florida in the Atlantic at 25° 40' North Latitude, waters of Biscayne Bay south of Rickenbacker Causeway, and south of a line just south of Cape Sable running due west through federal waters at 25° 09' North Latitude.   
      Minimum Size Limit: 22" fork length
      Daily Bag Limit: 1 per harvester
      Vessel Limit: No more than 2 per vessel
      Season: Closed April 1-July 31
      Gear: State waters: Hook and line only.

      Federal waters: Hook and line and spearing.


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      Florida Pompano

      The Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) is a member of the jack family and supports a highly important commercial and recreational fishery in the state of Florida.

      Florida Pompano Status and Trends
      A species account for Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) in Florida.

      Florida Pompano Size Limit Evaluation
      In this report, the impacts of raising the minimum size limit from 11 inches (FL) to 12 inches (FL) in the Florida pompano fishery were evaluated.

      Florida Pompano Current Research
      The Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) is a member of the jack family and supports a highly important commercial and recreational fishery in the state of Florida.

      Florida Pompano Stock Assessment
      This is a link to the stock assessment section, where readers will find the most recent assessment of Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) in Florida waters.


      Permit Fish

      Florida anglers pursue the permit (Trachinotus falcatus) from inshore flats to offshore reefs. Research on this popular sport fish is advancing through anglers' assistance with a tagging study.

      Meet Permit (the Fish, Not a Piece of Paper)
      This popular sport fish is often confused with a smaller look-alike, the Florida pompano.

      Permit Status and Trends
      A species account for permit (Trachinotus falcatus) in Florida.

      A Review of Florida’s Permit Fishery
      Permit is a highly sought-after fish in Florida. Learn about the current and historical status of this fishery.


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