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.



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