FWC seeks input on octocoral management
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has
scheduled two public workshops and a telephone conference call to
hear what people think about possible rule changes that would
extend FWC octocoral (soft corals) regulations into federal waters
adjacent to state waters off Florida.
The FWC also wants to receive comments regarding the possible
creation of an octocoral harvest quota that would include landings
from state and federal waters, and the continuation of octocoral
harvest prohibitions in Atlantic federal waters north of Cape
Canaveral and from the Stetson-Miami Terrace and Pourtales Terrace
Deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern.
The FWC encourages interested people to participate in the
workshops and telephone conference call. The workshops are
from 6-8 p.m. as follows:
Monday, May 2
FWC South Regional Office
8535 Northlake Blvd.
West Palm Beach
(phone 561-625-5122 for directions to this facility)
Tuesday, May 3
City of Key Colony Beach
City Hall Building, City Hall Auditorium
Mile Marker 53.5
600 W. Ocean Drive
Key Colony Beach
The telephone conference call is Thursday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m.
EDT (5-7 p.m. CDT). Please contact the FWC at 850-487-0554 for
information on how to participate in the call.
Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the
workshops and conference call should advise the FWC at least five
days prior to the events 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