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FWC discusses creating additional fishing opportunities for gag grouper in Gulf 4-county region

News Release

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Media contact: Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com

At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed the future management of Gulf of Mexico gag grouper and approved a draft proposal to extend the recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties.

State waters off of these four counties are currently open from April 1 through June 30, but FWC has received stakeholder requests for a longer season. Gulf state waters outside of that area and all Gulf federal waters are open June 1 through Dec. 31.

The Commission’s draft proposal would keep the current April 1 through June 30 season and add a fall open season from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. This proposal will be brought back before the Commission at the July meeting for a final public hearing.

To comment on proposed gag grouper management changes and more, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

For more information or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”



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