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.

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Commission Meeting Items

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

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

Comment here


FWC will be looking at cleaning up and reevaluating the shrimp rule External Website in the near future. These discussions will include talks on live food shrimp. 

Comment here


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.


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 are scheduled for July and August. View the workshop presentation Adobe PDF

Comment here

Bay Scallops

At its February meeting in Tallahassee, the FWC approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018 ONLY. 

The FWC is very interested in understanding whether the public prefers regional differences in the season dates or if a consistent season across the harvest area is of greater value, as well as what season dates work best for various regions. Public feedback will be important for determining whether further changes are needed when making a decision about the long-term season dates.

View the 2018 bay scallops season dates and regulations.

View the Commission presentation.

Comment here

Spotted Seatrout

Staff have heard concerns about spotted seatrout in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery. Several workshops were held in late July and early August. 

Comment here


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.

Comment here


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