Fishing in the Know - Marine Fisheries Monthly Newsletter


Contact: 850-487-0554 or

Get this newsletter via email at by clicking on “Sign up for updates ”


FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Stone Crab, Red Snapper - Season, Red Snapper - Public Hearings, Season Updates, Events

Commission Meeting - Fort Lauderdale

Action: Marine Fisheries items discussed September 2-3

Information:  The FWC Commission discussed several marine fisheries management items Sept. 2-3 at the meeting in Fort Lauderdale including:

Discussions on:

  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day update

Regulatory changes on:

  • Barracuda: Creating a recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two fish per person and six fish per vessel. Effective Nov. 1 in Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties.
  • Stone crab: Modifying trap construction requirements in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. Effective Oct. 5.
  • Shrimp: Modifying the boundaries of the open area off northeast Florida during the April/May closure.

Links for more information:

News Releases []

Agenda []

Stone Crab – Season Opens

Action: Recreational and commercial season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters

Information:  SaltFishMeasure_Stone_Crab_F.jpg

  • Only the claws may be harvested
  • Although it is currently lawful to harvest both of a stone crab's claws, this practice leaves the stone crab with few alternatives to defend itself from predators.
  • Claws must be 2 ¾ inches to be harvested
  • Bag limit: 1 gallon of claws per person, 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less
  • Harvest of claws from females with eggs is prohibited
  • May 16: Season closes
  • Cannot use any device that can puncture, crush or injure the crab body
  • 5 trap maximum per person
  • NEW: Round entrances are not allowed in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties
  • NEW: Trap throat (Entrance) must be no larger than 5 ½” x 3 1/8” in Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. In all other counties, entrances can be no larger than 5 ½” x 3 ½"StoneCrabTraprec.jpg



















Links for more information:

Stone Crab Information  []


 Red Snapper – Gulf State Season


Action: Open Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1

Information:  Recreational red snapper season is open for harvest in Gulf state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1.

Links for more information:

Snapper – Gulf  []

Red Snapper – Public Hearings


Action: Gulf Council Regional Management Hearings in Florida set for Oct. 22 and 27

Information:  The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is hosting several public hearings on regional management of red snapper. Make sure your voice is heard on this important issue.


Thursday, October 22, 2015
Amendment 39, 41, & 42
Embassy Suites
570 Scenic Gulf Drive
Destin, FL 332550


Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015

Amendment 39
Hilton St. Petersburg
Carillon Park
950 Lake Carillon Dr.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716


Links for more information:

Gulf Council []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for October-November.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at for more.)  


October Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1

Oct. 5

Oct. 15

Nov. 1

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

Back to top



Lionfish Events Calendar 

Oct. 10: Women’s Fishing Clinic – St. Pete

Oct. 17: FWRI Marine Quest – St. Petersburg

Oct. 22: Red Snapper Gulf Regional Management Public Hearing - Destin

Oct. 27: Red Snapper Gulf Regional Management Public Hearing – St. Petersburg

Nov. 7: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Steinhatchee

Nov. 14: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Naples

Nov. 14: Women’s Fishing Clinic – Crystal River 

Nov. 18-19: Commission Meeting – Panama City

Nov. 28: Saltwater License Free Fishing Day


Back to top 






FWC Facts:
Signs on the Suwannee River warn of jumping Gulf sturgeon which, at up to 8 feet and 200 pounds, have been known to injure boaters.

Learn More at AskFWC