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FWC seeks comments on possible bonefish catch-and-release-only fishery

News Release

Monday, November 22, 2010

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled two public workshops to hear what people think about possible rule changes that would make bonefish a catch-and-release-only fishery. The workshop discussions will also include consideration of bonefish possession exceptions for record purposes and tournaments, and creation of a registration program for tournaments where bonefish could be temporarily possessed and transported for weigh-in purposes.

The FWC encourages interested people to participate at the workshops, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 8
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach
Thursday, Dec. 9
City of Key Colony Beach City Hall Building - Auditorium
Mile Marker 53.5
600 W. Ocean Drive
Key Colony Beach

If you need special accommodations to participate in the workshops, please 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).

For online information regarding bonefish management in Florida, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing; click on "Saltwater Fishing," then "Bonefish."



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