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Pompano, African pompano video workshop scheduled

News Release

Friday, February 26, 2010

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled a public video workshop for March 16 to receive comments on possible rule changes for pompano and African pompano.  There will be several locations around the state where you can take part in the workshop via a videoconferencing connection, or you can participate via a voice-only telephone line.

The FWC is currently considering changes to Florida's permit fishery regulations ( see the related presentation at MyFWC.com/Commission under the Dec. 9-10, 2009 meeting agenda), and pompano and African pompano are managed together with permit in the same FWC rule.  Consequently, there may be amendments needed to pompano and African pompano rules to go along with the possible permit rule changes, and the FWC is seeking feedback on these potential rule changes.

The FWC is considering whether to apply permit and pompano regulations in federal waters adjacent to state waters, including the combined permit and pompano six-fish daily recreational bag limit (with an allowance of one fish over 20 inches fork length), the pompano and permit slot limit of 11-20 inches fork length, and allowable recreational fishing gear for pompano.

The Commission is also considering whether to apply African pompano size and bag limits and fishing gear restrictions (including spearfishing) in federal waters. Participants also will discuss the commercial harvest of African pompano.

The FWC encourages interested people to attend the workshop at one of the videoconferencing sites listed below or via voice-only telephone lines on Tuesday, March 16, from 6-8 p.m. EDT (5-7 p.m. CDT in Panama City).  Please contact the FWC at 850-487-0554 to confirm which of the following locations you plan to go to or to find out how to join the meeting via the voice-only line.

FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management Office
Berkeley Building
2590 Executive Center Circle E.
Tallahassee
FWC Northwest Regional Office
3911 Highway 2321
Panama City
FWC North Central Regional Office
3377 E. U.S. Highway 90
Lake City
FWC Northeast Regional Office
1239 S.W. 10th St.
Ocala
FWC Southwest Regional Office
3900 Drane Field Rd.
Lakeland
FWC South Regional Office
8535 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Ave. S.E.
St. Petersburg
FWC South Florida Regional Lab
Marathon Government Center
2796 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 48.5
Marathon

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the workshop should advise the FWC at least five days prior to the workshop by calling 850-488-6411.  If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, please contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).

More information regarding this workshop is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules, click on "Marine Advisory Boards, Public Workshops, etc."



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