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Cancelled: St. Johns River blue crab trap closure

The blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 16-25, 2020, in all waters of the St. Johns River system has been cancelled.

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December Commission Meeting

The FWC Commission listened to public testimony on and discussed several marine fisheries management items at the Dec. 11-12 meeting in Panama City.

Decision making (regulation changes were made on these topics):

  • Spotted seatrout: The Commission approved a final proposal to make several changes to how the spotted seatrout fishery is managed statewide. (These changes do not replace the current red tide-related catch-and-release measures in SW Florida.) 

Draft proposals (these items will be brought back to a future meeting for final decision):

  • Gulf red snapper: The Commission listened to a staff update on the 2019 recreational Gulf red snapper harvest season, approved proposed draft season dates for the 2020 season (June 11-July 24), and considered a draft proposal to that would extend FWC rules for harvest of red snapper by private recreational anglers into Gulf federal waters. Learn more and comment at
  • Biscayne National Park: The Commission approved several proposed draft rules to implement fishing regulation changes in Biscayne National Park (BNP). Learn more and comment at

Discussions (no regulation changes anticipated on these items):

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: The Commission provided direction on proposed regulatory changes for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Lionfish Challenge 2019: The Commission honored the 2019 Lionfish Challenge winners and presented them with their awards. 
  • Federal fishery management updates: The Commission discussed the outcomes of recent meetings of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fishery management councils. 

Links for more information:

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Red Tide Update

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide through May 31, 2020. This includes all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

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