Lower Keys Guides Association


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Our Mission: The Lower Keys Guides Association is a non-profit organization of professional fishing guides dedicated to working for a sustainable resource through wise management practices, while recognizing the importance of sport fishing to the economy and cultural heritage of the Florida Keys. LKGA Statement.pdf

What’s Happening Now

Preservation through stewardship

On the Horizon

Catch & Release Best Practices

  1. -LKGA Fish Handling.pdf

Fishing etiquette is important!

  1. -LKGA Code of Conduct.pdf

2014 By-Laws Revisions

  1. -LKGA By-Laws.pdf

Florida Keys Flats Fishery

  1. -BTT Economic Impact Report.pdf

What else is going on? Checkout what’s being talked about.

  1. -LKGA Board of Directors

Visit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust - Find out how you can further help our Florida Keys resources.

Visit the Guides Trust Foundation - Whether a fishing guide or angler, find out how GTF keeps it rolling.

  Both of these agencies are currently conducting a multi year Congressionally mandated regulatory review. When these reviews are completed, the management landscape of the Keys waters will look much different than today. We are taking an active role in this process.

- See here for our FKNMS Zoning Letter and Maps

- See here for the FKNMS Draft Council Workplan 12.11.2012.pdf

- Sanctuary Advisory Council timeline Click here

Dig Deep Cudjoe: Are you aware what FKAA plans to do with their proposed wastewater management? A number of residents and fishermen have learned that the FKAA plan for wastewater effluent at Cudjoe Regional could seriously harm our nearshore waters.

Please see the Dig Deep Cudjoe.pdf attachment for info about this problem. Go to www.digdeepcudjoe.com for more information and learn how you can help.

Save the Barracuda: Being sold commercially as an unregulated species. This great gamefish of the flats is in danger! All fisherman alike can do more to save this underrated predator, and important link in the food chain.

  1. -See our Barracuda Press Release.pdf

  2. -Urge FWC for Barracuda Regulations HERE

FKNMS Zoning Process: At the Federal level, the Florida Keys are managed by two different agencies. Large portions of the Lower Keys were designated as Wildlife Refuges and controlled by the US Fish and Wildlife. The entire Florida Keys are included in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under the control of NOAA.

Sugarloaf Showdown: Join LKGA for this fundraising C&R tournament to raise awareness for our Save the Barracuda campaign. This three-day event is open to all anglers and is a fundraiser for the Guides Trust Foundation, which provides funds to guides recovering from an illness or injury. Visit sugarloafshowdown.com for more details.

Florida Forage Fish: Small fish fuel Florida’s fisheries. Simply put, without small fish we have no big fish... This is a very important effort to get behind. See how the International Gamefish Association (IGFA) is working to keep Florida the sport fishing destination of the world.

Visit/pledge at: http://floridaforagefish.igfa.org

PWC - LKGA Agreement: In an effort to resolve seasonal user conflict, the PWC Co-Op and LKGA held a series of meetings to discuss ways in which to better the working relationship between parties, further mutual understanding, promote a healthier fishery and increase safety of PWC tours. The objective was to create a good faith agreement whereby both parties would jointly outline specific routes for PWC tours and guidelines for conduct.

- See here for full PWC - LKGA Agreement

Way to go Key West!!! In an overwhelming 3 to 1 vote held Oct 1st 2013, any and all support for a potential “channel widening study” was rightfully put to rest. Citizens of Key West made their voices clear, saving a piece of small town charm from the ever growing cruise ship industry.

-See more Key West Harbor Dredging Info