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Suspension of certain fishing regulations expires March 1

News Release

Friday, February 26, 2010

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises the public that its temporary suspension of certain saltwater fishing and licensing regulations to allow for the cleanup of dead fish will expire on March 1.

The order - initially for Jan. 16-31, then extended for one month - was issued in response to numerous reports of saltwater fish killed by an extended cold-weather period in Florida.

The FWC is no longer receiving widespread reports of dead saltwater fish around the state, and people must observe all normal fishing and licensing regulations that apply to the harvest and possession of saltwater fish.  These rules are available online at or

More information regarding the 2010 cold-weather saltwater fish kills is available online

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