Saltwater Public Comments

The following topics are either tentatively slated to be brought before the Commission in the near future or items FWC staff plan to begin working on.

This is not an all-encompassing list and topics may be moved to a later date or not discussed at all.

Visit the Commission meeting agenda page to see what FWC staff will be presenting to the Commission at an upcoming meeting.

The FWC welcomes comments on any species, even those not featured on this page, at any time via the comment form, email at or phone at 850-487-0554.

Visit the Marine Fisheries Workshops page for other public comment opportunities.

Commission Meeting Items

To learn more about Commission proposals and to view presentations, visit the meeting agenda.

Shark-fishing from Shore

After listening to public comments on and discussing the current and future management of sharks in Florida at the April meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the FWC directed staff to continue to stay engaged on all shark-related issues and to pursue development of draft regulations for shore-based shark fishing. Staff is gathering public input on development of draft regulations that will be brought back to a future Commission meeting. Workshops were held in July and August. View the workshop presentation Adobe PDF View the workshop video External Website

Staff encourages submitting comments by September 15th so that they can be considered as staff develops the proposal for Commission consideration.  Comments submitted prior to November 21st will be incorporated into the public feedback that staff anticipates reporting on at the December Commission meeting.

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Blue Heron Bridge/Phil Foster Park

FWC has received requests to prohibit all collection of marine life/aquarium species in the popular dive area surrounding Phil Foster Park.  

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Future topics

This is a list of general topics that staff may begin collecting additional public comments on soon.

Check back for updates and more information on the focus of these topics. This is not an all-encompassing list and topics may be moved to a later date or not discussed at all.

The FWC welcomes comments on any species, even those not featured on this page, at any time via the comment form, email at or phone at 850-487-0554.


Gulf Red Snapper State Management Public Hearings

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is holding public hearings and a webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Amendment 50 – State Management of Recreational Red Snapper.  This amendment would, if approved, allow state management in future years and would provide flexibility to the Gulf states to set the recreational red snapper fishing season and potentially other management measures. 

See workshop page for dates and locations of public input gathering meetings across the state starting Dec. 3-Jan. 23. 

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Trap Fisheries

The FWC will be reviewing several trap fisheries in the upcoming year including spiny lobster, blue crab, stone crab, pinfish/baitfish, lionfish traps, trap retrieval, recreational trap fisheries, and traps used for shellfish aquaculture leases. View workshop presentation Adobe PDF

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FWC is undergoing a multi-phase project to clean up and reevaluate the shrimp rules.  The next phase of the project will focus on the Northeast Florida shrimp fishery rules.

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Bay Scallops

The FWC is gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond via an online survey. To have your feedback included in this planning, participate in the survey by visiting This survey will be open through Dec. 28. A draft rule on this item is anticipated to be discussed at the February Commission meeting.

View the 2018 bay scallops season dates and regulations.

Comments on this issue may also be submitted below. 

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Spotted Seatrout

Staff have heard concerns about spotted seatrout in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery. Staff will be conducting a stakeholder survey in the coming months. A link to the survey will be included here when it is available so be sure to check back.

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FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s flounder fishery. If you fish for this species, we’d like to know more about:

  • Your thoughts on how these fisheries are doing – compared to the past and/or compared to other fisheries
  • Your thoughts on current management of these species

Read a presentation Adobe PDF on this topic 

Comment here

Charlotte Harbor

Staff has been hearing concerns about the status of various fisheries in Charlotte Harbor and is gathering feedback on the fisheries in that area.

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FWC Facts:
One 24-inch female red snapper can produce as many eggs as 212 17-inch females.

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