Eating U.S. seafood is good for your health, our economy and working waterfront communities Fish and shellfish are a great source of lean protein. They’re also rich in nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that play a key role in heart, immune system and brain health. In fact, the latest Dietary...
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 4th, 2021, for the Coastal Conservation Association Emerald Coast Banquet and Auction, from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Island Hotel. Corporate tables include 10 dinners, 10 CCA One-Year Memberships, table gifts, and a framed featured artist print. The 2021 Banquet will feature local donations,...
Vendors and Divers Wanted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 7th Annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival, May 15-16, at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin–Fort Walton...

No Boat? No Problem!

By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin In our lucky little fishing village, it may be perceived that a boat is necessary to catch certain kinds of fish, or a multitude of fish. However, without access to a boat, there are still some great fishing spots anglers can take advantage...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin As one of the few female captains to run our waters here, Captain Gabrielle Barnes broke into a male dominated industry and followed her dreams to pursue a career in fishing. As a Fort Walton Beach local, her father introduced her to fishing at...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do in Destin Last year at this time, as it began to get cooler, we noticed different species of fish migrate into our Gulf waters – specifically Flounder and Sheepshead. That’s good for us since the cooler weather means the fish will school up in one...

New Gulf Lionfish Record!

Niceville resident Donald C. Vautrinot was spearfishing for red snapper in Destin Oct. 18 when he went back down to snag a few lionfish. And there it was. “I saw a monster lionfish and immediately knew I wanted to measure it,” Donald said. “I got really excited because I...
Recreational fishing is important, both culturally and economically, to our coastal communities around the Gulf. NOAA’s latest Gulf of Mexico Saltwater Recreational Fisheries report shows 2.6 million Gulf anglers took 58.6 million fishing trips in the Gulf, spending $13.5 billion on trips and durable goods in 2017 alone. As such,...
By Cali Hlavac, To Do In Destin The year 2020 has felt like a lifetime, but we are finally on the home stretch! Fall is officially here and with that comes our beloved Destin Fishing Rodeo! 2020 will be the 72nd Annual Fishing Rodeo in Destin, and like all the...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces a fall red snapper season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of Mexico to open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. During this season, private recreational anglers...

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