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Marine Fisheries Management

The Division of Marine Fisheries Management develops regulatory and management recommendations for consideration by FWC Commissioners designed to ensure the long-term conservation of Florida's valuable marine fisheries resources.

Division staff serve as a liaison to a number of federal agencies on marine issues and represent the state on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Division activities include:

  • Recreational and commercial marine fisheries outreach and education programs.
  • Facilitating artificial reef development and deployment.
  • Preparation of fishery strategic plans.
  • Issuance of special activities licenses.
  • Conducting wholesale fish dealer audits.
  • Assisting trap-retrieval efforts.

The division director is Jessica McCawley.