Marine Fisheries Management Survey:
We want to hear from you! The Division of Marine Fisheries Management is conducting a short survey to help determine priority areas for marine fisheries management projects. Marine fish and invertebrates are your resources. This is your opportunity to assist in the management of your resource. The survey will be available to take through June 25. Take the survey.
Marine Fisheries Management Workshops:
Do you have ideas about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to hear from you.
Whether you are a seafood aficionado who wants priority placed on getting fish to the dinner plate or a recreational fisher who prefers to catch and release, we want to know what marine fisheries issues you are concerned about. This is your chance to let us know what we are doing right, where you see opportunities for improvement, and what your top priorities for marine fisheries management are.
To gather this input and develop a better understanding of the public’s views on marine fisheries, the FWC will host several workshops across the state throughout the month of July 2015.
All are invited and we hope you will be able to attend.
Groups that might be interested in participating include commercial and recreational fishers, wholesale dealers, those in the tourism industry, fishing guides, divers and concerned citizens.
At the meetings, staff will provide a brief presentation about statewide and regional fisheries management issues that are currently being worked on and other potential issues that have been brought to our attention. Then it will be your turn to fill in any gaps and let us know where you think the FWC should focus its efforts in the coming years.
Workshops are from 6 to 8 p.m. local time.
- Key West - Harvey Governmental Center, 1200 Thurman Ave
- Naples - City of Naples – City Clerk Office, 735 8th St. S.
- Islamorada - Founders Park Community Center, 87000 Overseas Hwy.
- Punta Gorda - Punta Gorda City Hall, Council Chambers, 326 W. Marion Ave.
- Coral Gables - Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, 50 Alhambra Plaza
- St. Petersburg - Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eight Ave. SE, Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium
- Jupiter - River Center, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. US Hwy 1
- Crystal River - City Hall Council Chambers, 123 US Highway 19
- Pensacola - Sanders Beach Community Center, 913 South I St.
- Destin - Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave.
- Panama City – Gulf Coast State College, 2nd Floor Conference Room #232A, 5230 West US Hwy 98
- Steinhatchee - Steinhatchee Community Center, 1013 Riverside Dr
- Stuart - City of Stuart, Commission Chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave.
- Ft. Pierce - Garden Club of Fort Pierce, 911 Park Way
- Cocoa - Cocoa Central Branch Library, 308 Forrest Ave.
- Ormond Beach - City Hall, 22 South Beach St.
- Carrabelle - City of Carrabelle, Cafeteria, 1001 Gray Ave.
- Jacksonville - Jacksonville Public Library – SE Branch, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Bully Netting Workshops:
The FWC hosted three public workshops on commercial bully netting for spiny lobster in February. At these workshops, FWC gathered stakeholder input on commercial license requirements, commercial harvest limits and other potential management measures.
The FWC hosted three public workshops on barracuda in late February and early March. At these workshops, FWC gathered stakeholder input on potential commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations and other related management options for barracuda.
For more information, call the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.