Catamaran Dockage at Regatta Pointe Marina

It can be hard finding a marina with convenient dockage for your catamaran.  Thankfully, Regatta Pointe Marina has you covered!

We are the region’s largest marina, with 350 wet slips, including dozens of ideal spaces for catamarans up to 35′ wide. We are conveniently located on the north shore of the Manatee River, with easy access to Tampa Bay and The Gulf of Mexico free of any bridges. 

Regatta Pointe Marina boat slips are available by the day, week, month, three months, six months or annually.  Click below to request slip information.

2018 Florida Lionfish Removal Program Gets $5,000 BoatUS Check

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., December 6, 2017 – A new lionfish removal incentive program in Florida that’s scheduled to start in May 2018 has support from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) with a $5,000 donation made during a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting yesterday. The goal of the 2018 tagged-lionfish removal incentive program will be to offer cash and other prizes to anglers who harvest non-native lionfish that have been tagged by FWC staff.

BoatUS representative Bonnie Basham (center) presents $5,000 check to FWC officials yesterday. Included (L to R) are A. Walker, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida; and FWC Commissioners R. Harris, B. Rivard, M. Sole, S. Rood and R. Spotswood.

The removal program coincides with the state’s annual summer-long Lionfish Challenge, which will run May 19 through Sept. 3, 2018. This event rewards recreational and commercial lionfish harvesters for their efforts. Rarely caught on hook-and-line, the most common methods of removal are spearing and using a hand-held net. In 2016, more than 110,000 lionfish were removed from Florida waters.

Native to the Indo-Pacific and believed to have entered Florida waters from an aquarium release, lionfish are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., Caribbean, and across the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its venomous spines, the invasive species has few predators and can negatively impact native fish and reef habitats.

In 2018, approximately six to eight lionfish will be tagged by FWC at each of the 50 randomly selected public artificial reef sites throughout the Atlantic and Gulf between the depths of 80 and 120 feet. Reef locations can be found at ReefRangers.com, and additional information on the removal program will be announced by FWC in early next year.

Support for the tagged-lionfish removal incentive program also came from the American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, and the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County.

Visit myfwc.com/lionfish for more information.