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Gill Netting The Shallow Waters Near NASA

Friday April 28, 2017

Mosquito Lagoon has a long history of Commercial Fishing for profit in this coastal waterway. Largely impacted by entanglement netting prior to 1992, Florida's lagoons suffered at the hands of commercial interest as inshore waters were raped of precious stocks while recreational fishermen witnessed the downfall of sportsfishing in the 1960's until the Constitutional Amendment to Ban all Inshore entanglement nets within three miles of the Florida Coast. The Florida Voters spoke and those deadly nets were outlawed...

"I don't believe commercial fishing had the impact prior to the 1960's" explains Captain Richard of Lagooner Fishing Guides "Small populations and their demands kept fish stocks in check, but after the arrival of the Space Program in the 1950's the population exploded and the small commercial fishing industry ramped up with rising demands". Blue Crabs and Shrimp were a popular catch for commercial interest and newcomers were surprised at the ease in which a living could be made off this natural resource. The old school "Florida Cracker" from the past were quickly outnumbered by the "carpet baggers" with new equipment and technology. The lagoons have never returned to their glorious past, but hopefully with the willpower of the residents change will bring back some of the glory we read about.

There's still some commercial interest on the Mosquito lagoon with crabbing, baitfish, oysters and clams but the nets are gone and the fishery has bounced back to a healthy stock. All fishing activity for profit must have a special use permit on this National Wildlife Refuge area including Sportsfishing Guides. Lagooner Fishing Guides retains a permit each year that covers their boat(s) and anglers for use of the Mosquito Lagoon and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.


Mosquito Lagoon commercial fishing using gill nets and entanglement gear on the shallow inland waters near NASA and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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