Marine Fisheries Management

The Division of Marine Fisheries Management develops regulatory and management recommendations for consideration by FWC Commissioners designed to ensure the long-term conservation of Florida's valuable marine fisheries resources.

Division staff serve as a liaison to a number of federal agencies on marine issues and represent the state on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Division activities include:

  • recreational and commercial marine fisheries outreach and education programs;
  • facilitating artificial reef Not a Mobile-Enabled Link development and deployment;
  • preparation of fishery strategic plans;
  • issuance of special activities licenses;
  • conducting wholesale fish dealer audits; and
  • assisting trap-retrieval Not a Mobile-Enabled Link efforts.

The division director is Jessica McCawley.



FWC Facts:
The FWC is lead manager or landowner on about 1.1 million acres of Florida's Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. More than 5.8 million acres of land are open for public hunting.

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