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Plan to conserve Panama City crayfish goes to public for input

News Release

Friday, October 09, 2015

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding public meetings in Bay County this month to present a draft management plan to conserve the Panama City crayfish.

People are invited to meetings in Lynn Haven and Panama City, where FWC staff will provide information on the draft plan and listen to public comment.

So local is the Panama City crayfish that this small freshwater crustacean lives only on the Bay County peninsula that includes Panama City and Lynn Haven.

This crayfish, currently listed as a state Species of Special Concern, has been recommended by FWC staff to be listed as a state Threatened species, due to its small range and continuing decline.

The draft management plan includes conservation actions and objectives directed at reversing the crayfish’s decline. The draft plan will be released for written comment in late October. If successfully implemented, the plan eventually could lead to the species no longer meeting the criteria to be listed.

Public meetings on the Panama City crayfish draft management plan will be held:

  • Oct. 20 in Lynn Haven, with one meeting at 10 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. CDT. The location is Lynn Haven City Hall, 825 Ohio Ave, Lynn Haven, FL 32444.
  • Oct. 21 and 22 in Panama City, with the Oct. 21 meeting at 6 p.m. CDT and the Oct. 22 meeting at 10 a.m. CDT. The location for both meetings is the Bay County Government Center’s Room 1030, 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401.


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