Fishing backpackers can expect to get a lot more than their usual catch of fish.
As more of the Gulf of Mexico swamps reopen, fishing is being offered again in the state, and that means more fish to be caught.
But not all fishermen are happy with the change.
Fishing campsites are being closed, the amount of water available has been cut in half, and fishermen are being required to fish within 10 miles of a major tourist attraction.
A lot of fishing campsites were recently closed, but that is no longer the case, said James W. Jones, a fisheries manager for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
I think that the fish that were here before are going to be there again, he said.
We’ve had to open up all of these campsites, he added.
What you’re seeing is more fishing than normal, he continued.
And when you’re opening up these new sites and then seeing the numbers of boats that are coming in and people that are fishing, you know you’ve opened up an area of opportunity.
Jones said that some of the fishing campsite closures in the Gulf are due to the high demand from the tourism industry, but other closures were made due to high volume.
Many fishermen are saying, ‘Oh, I’m not getting enough to eat.
And that’s not the only thing, you’re going to get hit with the loss of business, he told the Associated Press.
Some of the smaller boats that have been opening up to catch fishing in the bay have been going from 3 to 10 people per boat.
And the big boats are closing down, he explained.
This is a big deal for fishermen, he noted.
This is a great opportunity for the state to diversify.
The state is also getting more visitors.
According to the Florida Keys Tourism Partnership, in May 2017, 3.4 million visitors visited Florida.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in April 2018, there were more than 10.5 million visitors in the United States, making Florida the seventh largest tourism destination in the world.
If you want to see a bigger picture, you need to look at the whole picture, Jones said.
You need to compare it to a lot of other places.
You have to look more at the Gulf and look at some of these other destinations in Florida.