Florida Black Bass
Goal: Ensure Florida is the undisputed
"Bass Fishing Capital of the World."
Vision: The worldwide angling public
recognizes Florida as the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World,"
based on great resources and responsible management. Florida's bass
fisheries provide outstanding ecological, social and economic
benefits to the state of Florida.
This Black Bass Management Plan for
Florida incorporates widespread public input from surveys and
public events/meetings (see
Appendix I for a summary of survey results), a citizen's
Technical Assistance Group (TAG), and Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) staff from multiple divisions and
offices (see Appendix
II, for participants). We collectively created the plan to
engage the public and fishing-related businesses as well as other
agencies and nonprofit organizations to ensure Florida is the
undisputed "Bass Fishing Capital of the World." The FWC will use
the plan as a road map and for impetus in dedicating and acquiring
the resources to ensure we fulfill the goal and realize the vision.
Although the management plan time frame is 2010-2030, this "living"
document will allow adaptive management, public input and new
scientific breakthroughs to continually help us improve our
results. Our purposes are to: (1) create a scientifically justified
document to guide FWC efforts, (2) ensure the public has open input
into the objectives and priorities to create ownership and to
provide support for conservation efforts, and (3) be proactive and
open to new ideas.
This plan involves all FWC divisions and offices,
and covers a wide range of actions, from regulation management to
law enforcement, habitat restoration, aquatic plant management,
boating access, fish stocking, marketing, education and outreach.
It will also encourage better effort and resource coordination with
partner agencies to ensure Florida is the undisputed "Bass Fishing
Capital of the World."