Pompano, African pompano video workshop scheduled
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
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
|FWC Division of
Marine Fisheries Management Office
2590 Executive Center Circle E.
3911 Highway 2321
|FWC North Central
3377 E. U.S. Highway 90
1239 S.W. 10th St.
3900 Drane Field Rd.
8535 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach
|FWC Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Ave. S.E.
|FWC South Florida
Marathon Government Center
2796 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 48.5
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
More information regarding this workshop is
available online at MyFWC.com/Rules, click on "Marine Advisory
Boards, Public Workshops, etc."