FWC proposes increase to red drum bag limit in northern Fla.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) on Wednesday proposed a draft rule that would
raise the recreational daily red drum bag limit from one fish to
two per person in northern Florida. In addition, the FWC is
proposing to create three regional management areas for red drum
and establish a statewide eight-fish red drum daily vessel limit.
The Commission also intends to develop ways to modify the red drum
off-the-water possession limit.
"We've come a long way since the early 1990s, when
red drum stocks were largely depleted, but the management of red
drum in Florida is turning out to be a success story," said
Commissioner Kathy Barco. "The fishery is holding its own in
southern Florida, and numbers of red drum in northern parts of the
state are now at a point where it's safe to give back some fish to
The FWC has strictly managed red drum (also called
redfish, channel bass and red bass) for more than 20 years to help
rebuild overfished populations. A 2008 FWC stock assessment
indicates that annual management goals for red drum are
consistently being exceeded in areas of northeastern and
As a result, the FWC is proposing establishment of
three management areas for red drum in Florida (which are the same
as established management areas for spotted seatrout) to better
target its management approaches for this popular Florida fish. In
all waters in the northwest management area (Escambia through Pasco
counties) and in the northeast management area (Flagler through
Nassau counties), the FWC proposal would raise the daily
recreational bag limit for red drum from one fish to two.
The Commission is also proposing a statewide eight
fish daily vessel limit for red drum, and will consider management
options regarding ways to modify the off-the-water red drum
information regarding the FWC's red drum draft rule proposals
is available online at MyFWC.com/Commission, linked from the Feb.
23-24 meeting agenda, and a final public hearing on these rule
proposals will take place in April.