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December Commission Meeting

The FWC Commission will listen to public testimony on and discuss several marine fisheries management items at the Dec. 11-12 meeting in Panama City. (Unless noted, all items are on Dec. 12).

Decision making (regulation changes on these topics):

  • Spotted seatrout: The Commission will consider a final proposal to make several changes to how the spotted seatrout fishery is managed statewide. 

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

  • Gulf red snapper: The Commission will listen to a staff update on the 2019 recreational Gulf red snapper harvest season, propose draft season dates for the 2020 season, and consider 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 MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.
  • Biscayne National Park: The Commission will consider several proposed draft rules to implement fishing regulation changes in Biscayne National Park (BNP). Learn more and comment at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

Discussions (no regulation changes anticipated on these items):

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: The Commission will consider providing direction on proposed regulatory changes for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Lionfish Challenge 2019: The Commission will honor the 2019 Lionfish Challenge winners and present them with their awards. (Dec. 11)
  • Federal fishery management updates: The Commission will discuss the outcomes of recent meetings of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fishery management councils. (Dec. 11)

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]

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 Pasco-Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

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