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Bully netting and barracuda workshops scheduled for late February and early March

News Release

Monday, February 16, 2015

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in late February and early March to gather public input on commercial bully netting for spiny lobster and on barracuda. These workshops are in response to requests and concerns from the public.

The bully netting workshops will focus on commercial license requirements, commercial harvest limits and other potential management measures and are scheduled for the following locations (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 23: Key West, Harvey Government Center – BOCC Room, 1200 Truman Ave.
  • Feb. 24: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 E. Ocean Drive
  • Feb. 26: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center – Auditorium, 102050 Overseas Highway

            At the barracuda workshops, staff will gather public input on potential regulation changes such as commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations or other related management options for barracuda. These workshops are scheduled for the following locations (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 25: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 E. Ocean Drive
  • March 3: Dania Beach, International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way
  • March 5: Statewide webinar and telephone conference; Webinar: Http:// ; Voice-only access: Contact or 850-487-0554 in advance of the workshop.      

      For more information, visit and click on “Saltwater,” “Rulemaking” and “Upcoming Public Workshops” or call 850-487-0554. While on that page, people will find more information on how to participate in the webinar.

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