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    68B-39.002         Definitions
    68B-39.003         Size Limit; Exception
    68B-39.004         Bag Limit
    68B-39.0045         Seasonal Bag Limit for Portion of Pinellas County
    68B-39.0046         Seasonal Night Closure for Portion of Charlotte County (Punta Gorda)
    68B-39.0047         Allowable Harvesting Gear
    68B-39.005         Commercial Harvest, Statewide Regulations
    68B-39.008         Pasco-Lee Region; Seasons; Closed Areas
    68B-39.001 Designation as Restricted Species.
    Striped mullet and silver mullet are hereby designated as restricted species pursuant to Section 379.101(32),
    F.S.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Amended 9-1-91, 11-16-98, Formerly 46-39.001, Amended 7-1-03.

    68B-39.002 Definitions.
    As used in this rule chapter:
    (1) “East region” means all state waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the east coast of Florida lying between the
    Florida-Georgia border and the Monroe-Dade county line, and adjacent federal Exclusive Economic Zone
    waters.
    (2) “Fork length” means the length of a fish as measured from the tip of the snout to the rear center edge of
    the tail.
    (3) “Harvest” means the catching or taking of a fish by any means whatsoever, followed by a reduction of such
    fish to possession. Fish that are caught but immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed are
    not harvested. In addition, temporary possession of a fish for the purpose of measuring it to determine
    compliance with the minimum size requirements of this chapter shall not constitute harvesting such fish,
    provided that it is measured immediately after taking, and immediately returned to the water free, alive, and
    unharmed if undersize.
    (4) “Harvest for commercial purposes” means the taking or harvesting of any striped or silver mullet for
    purposes of sale or with intent to sell. Striped or silver mullet harvested in excess of the recreational bag limit,
    shall constitute harvest for commercial purposes.
    (5) “Land,” when used in conjunction with the harvest of fish, means the physical act of bringing the harvested
    fish ashore.
    (6) “Silver mullet” means any fish of the species Mugil curema (white mullet), Mugil gyrans (fantail mullet), or
    Mugil gaimardianus (redeye mullet), or any part thereof.
    (7) “Strip mullet,” also commonly known as black or striped mullet, means any fish of the species Mugil
    cephalus, or any part thereof.
    (8) “Spearing” means the catching or taking of a fish by bow hunting, gigging, spearfishing, or by any device
    used to capture a fish by piercing the body. Spearing does not include the catching or taking of a fish by a
    hook with hook and line gear, or by snagging (snatch hooking).
    (9) “Vessel” means and includes every description of water craft used or capable of being used as a means
    of transportation on water, including nondisplacement craft or any aircraft designed to maneuver on water.
    (10) “Weekend” means that portion of a week commencing at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ending at 12:01 a.
    m. the following Monday.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Amended 10-1-90, 11-16-93, 7-15-96, 3-3-97, 1-1-98, Formerly 46-39.002, Amended 10-7-01, 7-1-03.

    68B-39.003 Size Limit; Exception.
    (1) A person harvesting pursuant to Rules 68B-39.005 and 68B-39.008, F.A.C., shall not harvest or possess,
    while in or on the waters of the state, a quantity of striped mullet smaller in size than 11 inches fork length,
    which quantity exceeds 10 percent of the total whole weight of all striped mullet in possession of the harvester
    at any time.
    (2) All striped and silver mullet harvested for commercial purposes within or without the waters of the state
    shall be landed in a whole condition. The possession, while in or on state waters, of a mullet harvested for
    commercial purposes that has been deheaded, sliced, divided, filleted, ground, skinned, scaled, or deboned
    is prohibited. Mere evisceration or “gutting” of striped or silver mullet, or mere removal of gills before landing
    is not prohibited.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Formerly 46-39.003, Amended 7-1-03.

    68B-39.004 Bag Limit.
    Except as provided in Rules 68B-39.0045-.008, F.A.C.:
    (1) No person shall harvest, within or without the waters of the state, more than 50 striped or silver mullet per
    day; in any combination of species; provided, however, that two or more harvesters aboard a single vessel in
    or on the waters of the state shall be subject to the vessel possession limit specified in subsection (2).
    (2)(a) During the period beginning September 1 each year and continuing through January 31 of the following
    year, the possession of more than 50 striped or silver mullet aboard a vessel in or on the waters of the state
    at any time is prohibited.
    (b) During the period beginning February 1 and continuing through August 31 each year, the possession of
    more than 100 striped or silver mullet aboard a vessel in or on the waters of the state at any time is prohibited.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Amended 9-1-91, 10-5-92, Formerly 46-39.004, Amended 3-30-00, 7-1-03.

    68B-39.0045 Seasonal Bag Limit for Portion of Pinellas County.
    (1) During the period beginning October 1 and continuing through the following January 31 each year, no
    person, including those harvesting pursuant to Rules 68B-39.005 and 68B-39.008, F.A.C., shall harvest within
    the areas described in subsection (3), more than five striped mullet per day. However, if there are two or more
    harvesters aboard a single vessel in the areas described in subsection (3), the vessel possession limit
    specified in subsection (2) shall apply.
    (2) The possession of more than 5 striped mullet aboard a vessel in the areas described in subsection (3) is
    prohibited.
    (3) The closure area shall include the following described areas:
    (a)1. Riveria Bay and Bayou Grande, commonly known as Papy’s Bayou, together with their interconnecting
    waters, the entrance to which is defined by a line running from the southeast (SE) corner of the west half (W
    1/2) of the southwest quarter (SW1/4) to the northwest (NW) corner of said west half (W 1/2) of the southwest
    quarter (SW 1/4) of Section thirty-four (34), Township thirty (30) south, Range seventeen (17) east.
    2. Placido Bayou, commonly known as Smack’s Bayou, Snell Isle Harbour, and Coffee Pot Bayou, together
    with certain inlets and shore indentions of Tampa Bay, and a portion of Tampa Bay lying between said
    Bayous, the entrance of which is defined by a line running from the intersection of the east (E) line of the west
    half (W 1/2) of the west half (W 1/2) of the northeast quarter (NE1/4) of Section nine (9) with the shoreline of
    Tampa Bay, thence south (S) to the south (S) line of the north half (N 1/2) of the north half (N 1/2) of the
    unsurveyed Section sixteen (16) thence west (W) to the intersection of the south (S) line of the north half (N
    1/2) of the north half (N 1/2) of Section seventeen (17) with the shoreline of Tampa Bay, being in and a part of
    Township thirty-one (31) south, Range seventeen (17) east.
    (b) Beginning at the end point of Second Avenue NE (at the point that Second Avenue NE intersects with the
    Municipal “Pierhead”), proceed north to Marker 3 – 27' 47.33N 082' 36.65W – in St. Petersburg Small Boat
    Channel “L” (better known as “Coffee Pot Channel”); then proceed north to Marker 3 – 27' 47.46N 082' 36.13W
    – in St. Petersburg Small Boat Channel “N” (better known as “Snell Isle Channel”); then proceed north
    following the shoreline 200 yards offshore to a point approximately 750' north of the southern edge of Weedon
    Island. Then proceed south following the shoreline of Weedon Island to Tampa Bay to the entrance of the
    waters of Bayou Grande (commonly known as Papy’s Bayou) running south along the entrance which is
    defined by a line running from the southeast (SE) corner of the west half (W 1/2) of the southwest quarter (SW
    1/4) to the northwest (NW) corner of said west half (W 1/2) of the southwest quarter (SW 1/4) of Section thirty-
    four (34), Township thirty (30) south, Range seventeen (17) east. Then proceed southeast along the shoreline
    legally described as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 6, Block 14, Lots 1-13; then proceed south across
    Tampa Bay to a point that intersects with the shoreline legally described as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 4,
    Block 11, Lots 24 and 25; then proceed southeast in Tampa Bay to the intersection with the shoreline legally
    described as Venetian Isles, Unit 2, Block 7, Lot 17; then proceed southeast in Tampa Bay to the intersection
    with the shoreline legally described as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Block 8, Lots 16 and 17; then proceed
    southeast in Tampa Bay to the intersection with the shoreline legally described as Venetian Isles Subdivision,
    Unit Five, Block 12, Lot 16; then proceed southeast in Tampa Bay to the point of intersection legally described
    as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit Seven, Block 16, Lot 15; then proceed southeast in Tampa Bay to a point
    of intersection legally described as the shoreline as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 8, Block 17, Lots 47 and
    48; then proceed south along the shoreline of the Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 8, Block 17, Lots 16-46;
    then proceed west along the property line of Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 8, Block 17, Lot 15; then proceed
    west in Tampa Bay to a point of intersection legally described as Venetian Isles Subdivision, Unit 3, Block 9,
    Lot 17; then proceed southwest in Tampa Bay to a point of intersection at the shoreline legally described as
    the Revised Plat of Overlook Section of Shore Acres, Block 1, Lot 1; then proceed southwest along the
    shoreline legally described as the Revised Plat of the Overlook Section of Shore Acres, Block 1 and Block 2,
    Lots 1-34; proceed in Tampa Bay to the entrance of Placido Bayou (commonly known as Smack’s Bayou),
    Snell Isle Harbour, and Coffee Pot Bayou, together with certain inlets and shore indentions of Tampa Bay, and
    a portion of Tampa Bay lying between said Bayous, the entrance of which is defined by a line running from the
    intersection of the east (E) line of the west half (W1/2) of the west half (W 1/2) of the northeast quarter (NE 1/4)
    of Section nine (9) with the shoreline of Tampa Bay, thence south (S) to the south (S) line of the north half (N
    1/2) of the north half (N 1/2) of the north half (N 1/2) of Section seventeen (17) with the shoreline of Tampa
    Bay, being in and a part of Township thirty-one (31) south, Range seventeen (17) east; then proceed south
    along the shoreline of the City-owned property identified as Flora Wylie, North Shore and Vinoy Parks; then
    proceed west along the shoreline of Fifth Avenue NE to the intersection with Bayshore Drive NE; then proceed
    south along the shoreline of Tampa Bay adjacent to Bay Shore Drive NE; then proceed east along the
    northern shoreline adjacent to Second Avenue NE from Locust St. NE (extended) for a distance of 2200' to the
    point of beginning (POB).
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-5-92,
    Formerly 46-39.0045, Amended 7-1-03.

    68B-39.0046 Seasonal Night Closure for Portion of Charlotte County (Punta Gorda).
    (1) During the period beginning on November 1 each year and continuing through the last day of February of
    the following year, no person, including those harvesting pursuant to Rules 68B-39.005 and 68B-39.008, F.A.
    C., shall harvest or attempt to harvest, within the area described in subsection (2), any striped mullet during
    the period beginning 6:00 p.m. each evening and continuing until 6:00 a.m. the following morning. No person
    shall possess any striped mullet in, on, or above the waters of the area during this nightly closure.
    (2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall apply within the following described area of Punta Gorda, Charlotte
    County, Florida:
    Commence at a point 300 feet north of the intersection of the eastern boundary of Section 11, T41S, R22E,
    with the mean high water line of the Peace River; thence, run westerly, southerly, and easterly along a line
    parallel to and 300 feet waterward of the mean high water line of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor to the
    intersection of said line with the southern boundary of Section 25, T41S, R22E; thence, run easterly, along the
    southern boundary of said Section 25 and the southern boundary of Sections 30 and 29, T41S, R23E, to the
    southeast corner of said Section 29; thence, run northerly, along the eastern boundary of said Section 29 and
    the eastern boundary of Section 20, T41S, R23E, to its intersection with the westerly right-of-way line of U.S.
    Highway 41; thence, run northwesterly, along said right-of-way line, to its intersection with the northern
    boundary of the south half of Section 7, T41S, R23E; thence, run westerly, along the northern boundary of the
    south half of said Section 7 and the northern boundary of the south half of Section 12, T41S, R22E, to the
    southeast corner of the northwest quarter of said Section 12; thence, run northerly, along the eastern
    boundary of the northwest quarter of said Section 12 to a point due east of the point of beginning; thence, run
    west to the point of beginning.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 2-24-98,
    Formerly 46-39.0046, Amended 7-1-03.

    68B-39.0047 Allowable Harvesting Gear.
    (1) The harvest or attempted harvest of any striped and silver mullet by or with the use of any gear or method
    other than the following is prohibited.
    (a) Cast net with a stretched length (the distance from the horn at the center of the net, with the net gathered
    and pulled taut, to the lead line) no greater than 14 feet, provided that no more than two such nets shall be
    fished from any vessel at any time.
    (b) Beach or haul seine with a total area (mesh area plus the area of any other attached material that adds to
    the fishing surface of the net) no larger than 500 square feet, provided that no more than two such nets
    unconnected shall be fished from any vessel at any time.
    (c) Hook and line gear.
    (d) Spearing; except spearfishing is prohibited in fresh water.
    (2) No person shall possess or sell or offer for sale any striped or silver mullet harvested in state waters with
    any gear not specifically allowed in subsection (1) of this rule.
    (3) The simultaneous possession of any species of mullet (Genus Mugil) in excess of the recreational bag
    limit imposed by Rule 68B-39.004, F.A.C., and any gill or entangling net as defined in subsection (c) of Article
    X, Section 16 of the State Constitution, is prohibited. Simultaneous possession shall include possession of
    mullet and gill or entangling nets on separate vessels or vehicles where such vessels or vehicles are
    operated in coordination with one another, including vessels towed behind another vessel.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 3-3-97,
    Amended 1-1-98, 11-16-98, 12-31-98, Formerly 46-39.0047, Amended 12-2-99, 7-1-01, 7-1-03.

    68B-39.005 Commercial Harvest, Statewide Regulations.
    (1) Any person harvesting striped or silver mullet in excess of the bag limit established by Rule 68B-39.004, F.
    A.C., shall be governed by the statewide regulations contained in this rule and by the specific regional
    requirements contained in Rule 68B-39.008, F.A.C. Such person shall either possess a valid saltwater
    products license with a restricted species endorsement or be aboard a vessel with another person so
    qualified.
    (2) No person shall harvest striped or silver mullet for commercial purposes in water of the Atlantic Ocean or
    Gulf of Mexico offshore of the “three nautical mile line” (formerly known as the territorial sea line) except that, in
    the Collier-Monroe Gulf Region, no person shall harvest striped or silver mullet for commercial purposes
    offshore of the Everglades National Park Line. Such line shall commence at a point on the three nautical mile
    line due southwest of the West Pass Marker, 81° 31' 12'' W longitude, 25° 49' 03" N latitude, thereafter going
    due northeast to the West Pass Marker, thereafter going in a southerly direction following the Western
    boundary of the Everglades National Park to the lighted buoy #2 at 80° 52.9' W longitude, 24° 52.3' N latitude,
    thereafter 240° True (or 242° magnetic) to the three nautical mile line, at which point it shall terminate.
    (3)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, no person shall harvest, possess while in or on
    the waters of the state, or land in any one day silver mullet in quantities greater than the bag limit specified in
    Rule 68B-39.004, F.A.C., on any weekend during the period beginning on July 1 of each year and ending on
    January 31 of the following year.
    (b) No person shall purchase, sell, or exchange, or offer to purchase, sell, or exchange any silver mullet
    harvested on any weekend during the period beginning on July 1 of each year and ending on January 31 of
    the following year.
    (c) A person who has lawfully harvested silver mullet for commercial purposes prior to the beginning of a
    weekend may possess, aboard a vessel, mullet in quantities greater than the bag limit after the weekend
    begins, if the vessel is tied up to the docking facilities of a licensed wholesale saltwater products dealer, the
    vessel was docked at the facility prior to the beginning of the weekend, and the person is in the process of
    landing the silver mullet at the dealer’s facility.
    (d) No person shall harvest or possess silver mullet in or on waters of the east region in quantities greater
    than the bag limit specified in Rule 68B-39.004, F.A.C. during the period beginning February 1 and continuing
    through the last day of February each year. During this period, no person shall purchase, sell, or exchange, or
    offer to purchase, sell, or exchange any silver mullet harvested from waters of the east region.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Amended 10-1-90, 9-1-91, 11-16-93, 3-3-97, 11-16-98, Formerly 46-39.005, Amended 7-1-03, 7-13-08.

    68B-39.008 Pasco-Lee Region; Seasons; Closed Areas.
    (1) For purposes of this rule, “Pasco-Lee Region” means all state waters from the Hernando-Pasco County
    Line southward to the Lee-Collier County Line, shoreward of the three nautical mile line.
    (2) During the period beginning November 1 of each year and continuing through January 31 of the following
    year, the following waters shall be closed to the harvest of striped mullet in excess of the bag limit
    established by Rule 68B-39.004, F.A.C., during the period specified above. These closures shall not affect
    operation of existing closures of the same areas established by law or rule, during the remainder of the year.
    (a) In Manatee County, on the Manatee River upstream of a line from the eastern side of the mouth of Warner’
    s Bayou northeasterly to the eastern side of the mouth of Tierra Ciea Cutoff.
    (b) In Charlotte County, on the Peace River, upstream of a line from Mangrove Point running northwesterly
    through the northeasternmost point of Locust Point to the shoreline in the body of water known as Myakka
    Cutoff.
    (c) In Charlotte County, all of Coral Creek upstream of its mouth on Gasparilla Sound.
    Specific Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 10-19-
    89, Amended 10-1-90, 10-5-92, 9-1-93, 11-29-93, 3-3-97, Formerly 46-39.008, Amended 7-1-03.


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