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Redfish Workshops

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants your input on future management of the redfish fishery. FWC is hosting several in-person and one virtual public workshop on this topic. Share your input by attending a workshop.

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Gulf reef fish closures

Red grouper, gray triggerfish and several snappers (blackfin, wenchman, silk and queen) will close to recreational harvest in Gulf state waters Oct. 11. These fisheries closed to harvest in Gulf federal waters recently.

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Tampa Bay (NEW):

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout have reopened to harvest in Tampa Bay. This includes all Florida waters of Manatee County north of State Road 64, including all waters of the Braden River, and all tributaries of the Manatee River, excluding all waters of Palma Sola Bay; all Florida waters of Hillsborough County; and all Florida waters of Pinellas County, excluding all waters of the Anclote River and its tributaries.

Regulations outside of those counties remain unchanged, including the measures south of State Road 64 in Manatee County through Gordon Pass in Collier County for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.

NOTE: Prior to purchasing a snook permit, check current regulations in the area you plan to fish. All sales are final. Refunds will not be given even if the species you plan to target is closed to harvest.

Federal News

Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Electronic Reporting Requirements

Commission meeting – October

Marine fisheries items

The FWC Commission listened to public testimony on and discussed several marine fisheries management items at the Oct. 6-7 meeting in St. Augustine.

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

  • Atlantic coast: spot and Atlantic croaker (Consent Agenda): The Commission approved the creation of new species-specific regulations for spot and Atlantic croaker in state waters from the Florida-Georgia border through Miami-Dade County. Approved changes include establishing a daily recreational bag limit of 50 fish per person for each species and establishing commercial vessel limits of 2,200 lbs. for spot and 1,200 lbs. for Atlantic croaker. Regulations will go into effect. Dec. 1, 2021. Learn more.

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

  • Goliath grouper: The Commission approved a draft rule for a limited, highly regulated harvest of goliath grouper. This proposal is NOT final and will come back for final consideration at a future Commission meeting. The draft proposal includes a special harvest opportunity through a lottery draw, as well as area and seasonal closures, size and gear restrictions, and post-harvest requirements. Learn more.

Discussions:

  • Redfish: The Commission listen to a staff report on the current status and regulations for redfish in Florida. This included outcomes of the inaugural Redfish Summit (held in August), a summary of recent stakeholder comments, next steps for stakeholder engagement, including consideration of a new management approach for this fishery, and a discussion related to the Executive Order (EO) for the Tampa Bay area. 
  • Sharks: The Commission listened to a review and discussion of topics related to sharks. The presentation included an overview of FWC’s shark management history, rationale behind current FWC shark regulations, and recommendations for next steps for shark management in state waters.
  • Federal fishery management updates: The Commission discussed outcomes of recent meetings of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Other Commission updates:

  • Redfish, snook, and spotted seatrout recreational harvest reopened in Tampa Bay. Learn more.
  • Red grouper, gray triggerfish, and blackfin, wenchman, silk and queen snappers closed to harvest in Gulf state waters Oct. 11. These species are currently closed in Gulf federal waters as well. Learn more.

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]

Commission Meetings

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Red Tide Update

The following changes are for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout:

Sarasota Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County:

  • Snook and redfish remain catch-and-release through May 31, 2022.
  • Spotted seatrout harvest has a six-fish recreational vessel limit. Commercial harvesters will also be held to the recreational three-fish bag and six-fish vessel limits.
  • These regulations are for all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County including Palma Sola Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River.

NOTE: Prior to purchasing a snook permit, check current regulations in the area you plan to fish. All sales are final. Refunds will not be given even if the species you plan to target is closed to harvest.

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