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Balloonfish

Scientific name: Diodon holocanthus Linnaeus, 1758

Common name: Balloonfish, Hairy Porcupinefish

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Marine Life Code: 641 - Balloonfish

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Marine Life harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
ML - Marine Life Endorsement

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


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FWC Facts:
The life expectancy for Gulf sturgeon is 20-42 years. The oldest age documented for a tagged and recaptured Suwannee River Gulf sturgeon is about 27-28 years.

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