In a continuing effort to increase awareness of nonnative fish species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is partnering with the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area to host the second statewide Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest April 1 through April 30, 2016!
The objectives of the Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest are to:
Rules and Regulations
Registration: It's easy and free! Anglers can report their catch online at www.IveGot1.org; download the free IveGot1 app, or call the IveGot1 Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681) to submit photographs and catch data. You can also enter on Instagram by posting the photo of your nonnative catch and posting the detailed catch location or GPS coordinates in your comments. Make sure to use #ivegot1 if you are entering on Instagram!
2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest Start/Stop: The 2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Submit Contest begins at 6 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, and all entries must be received by midnight Saturday, April 30, 2016. All submissions must be of fish caught during the contest period.
Nonnative Fish Identification: A downloadable pictorial guide to some of Florida's nonnative fish is available here
Additional nonnative fish pictures are available here
If a fish is caught that cannot be identified, please take pictures, submit the catch to www.IveGot1.org or the IveGot1 Hotline (888-483-4681) and freeze the fish if possible. We will respond to the identification request by April 30th, 2016
Qualifying Submissions: All IveGot1.org or IveGot1 Hotline submissions to be considered for prizes, must be complete with catch location, picture(s) that allow for identification of the fish, and a statement indicating the submission is for the Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest. GPS coordinates or detailed catch location are required. An IveGot1 or Hotline submission may contain photographs of multiple species if all species are caught at the same location. If nonnative fish are caught at multiple locations, then an Ivegot1 or Hotline submission must be made for each location.
Photo Recommendations: Take the fish out of water and, for most species, lay it flat on its side with the head pointed to the left and the belly down on a light-colored background, preferably in the shade to reduce glare, and extend the fins as much as possible. If possible, include a ruler in the photo or provide a length in the report. For nonnative catfish, take a side-shot with dorsal fin extended and a photo of the belly showing the markings. High resolution photographs of the angler and their catch are greatly appreciated. FWC will issue a permission form to the contestant by email and if the angler gives permission to use the photo, the angler will return the signed permission form allowing FWC to post their picture online during the contest.
Boundaries: The boundaries are all legal freshwater fishing areas in the state of Florida. For more information visit here
Most Unusual Catch
Most Species Entered
Most Unusual Catch
Most Species Entered
All contestants will be entered in a drawing for a raffle prize valued at $100.
FWC Angler Recognition: Eight species of nonnative fish including Mayan cichlid, Oscar, Butterfly Peacock, and Jaguar Guapote are part of FWC's Big Catch program. Anglers that catch a fish of qualifying size can register and apply online at: www.bigcatchflorida.com. Anglers will receive a certificate and can get their photo posted on the website!
If you are fishing in an area with big largemouth bass, visit www.trophycatchflorida.com to learn how to enter your catch for prizes and a chance to win a new bass boat!
State and Federal Regulations: All fish must be caught in compliance with all state of Florida regulations (see www.myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/regulations/ or obtain a copy of the regulations at a local bait and tackle shop) and only within legal fishing areas. We encourage anglers to report butterfly peacock bass and grass carp. FWC encourages the catch and release of butterfly peacock; all grass carp must be immediately released. Native fish are not eligible for prize consideration. Members of the Miccosukee and Seminole Tribes of Indians of Florida may harvest nonnative fish with traditional methods.
Additional Regulations: We encourage anglers to keep and eat all nonnative fish they catch. Please properly dispose of any unwanted fish. For additional information on consuming freshwater fish, please visit: www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/healthy-weight/nutrition/seafood-consumption/fish-advisories-page.html
Waiver disclaimer: It is expressly understood that participants in the 2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest enter at their own risk and that Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and all participating organizations, officers, event sponsors and committees, and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said event, shall be exempt from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, vessel, equipment, companions and guests, boat captains, mates, or crew members, which may occur in conjunction with the 2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest.
Participants: Any and all participants entering the 2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest agree that all decisions made by the 2016 Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest committee/rules committee shall be final and binding in any manner requiring their action.