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Four outdated St. Lucie rules repealed

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or

At the September meeting in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the repeal of four outdated regulations that applied in St. Lucie County only. The repeal of these changes will eliminate confusion, making it easier for anglers to understand and comply with regulations, and create greater consistency among statewide fishing regulations.

The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners adopted a Resolution requesting that the FWC repeal these four regulations, known as Special Acts of Local Application, in April 2016. These regulations were originally created between 1919 and 1957, prior to the development of statewide fishing regulations. Once implemented, the following changes will apply:

  • The use of haul seines within waters of St. Lucie County will be allowed so long as these nets comply with statewide regulations.
  • The use of otherwise legal nets and traps will be allowed within all waters of St. Lucie County in a manner consistent with current statewide net and trap gear regulations.
  • Cast nets, legal seines, and otherwise legal nets will be allowable within the waters of Faber Cove in a manner consistent with current statewide net gear regulations.
  • Spearfishing will be allowed, unless otherwise prohibited by spearing regulations, within and around Faber Cove and between the bridges crossing the Indian River Lagoon near Fort Pierce. The outdated ban on the sale of saltwater products within St. Lucie County that were harvested by spearfishing or gigging was also repealed. For more information on statewide spearing regulations that will still apply within the described area, visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Spearing.”

Special Acts of Local Application are local regulations that were originally enacted by the Legislature prior to the creation of the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) or the FWC and prior to the development of statewide fisheries management. They became rules of the MFC in 1983, and were then acquired by the FWC upon its creation in 1999.

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