Florida Sturgeon Production Working Group Florida Statute
The Florida Sturgeon Production Working Group (FSPWG) was
created by legislation F.S. 370.31 for the purpose of developing
recommendations regarding the feasibility of commerical sturgeon
production and stock enhancement.
The working group is composed of six members:
- A designee of the University of Florida, Institute of Food and
- A representative from Department of Environmental
- A representative from Fish and Wildlife Conservation
- A representative from the Department of Agriculture and
- Two representatives from the aquaculture industry to be
appointed by the Aquaculture Review Council
In carrying out the purpose of 370.31 F.S., the working group
helped inititate the production of a State of Florida Sturgeon
Production Management Plan. The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) wrote a plan on "Implementation for the Commerical
Culture and Conservation of Native Sturgeon in Florida." DEP
collaborated on this plan with the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Game and Freshwater
Fish Commission (now part of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission), and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
In addition to sturgeon aquaculture and best management
practices, the FSPWG is also responsible for the development of a
cooperative sturgeon conservation program.