Commission meeting - July
Marine Fisheries items
Information: The FWC Commission listened to public testimony on and discussed the following marine fisheries management items listed below at the virtual July 22-23 meeting.
Decision making (regulation changes were approved on these topics):
- Stone crab: The Commission approved making changes to how stone crab is managed in Florida, including possible changes to season dates, minimum claw size, trap construction requirements, and possession of whole stone crabs on the water. Learn more.
- Bluefish: The Commission approved modifying the bag limit for bluefish in state waters along Florida’s Atlantic coast (Nassau through Miami-Dade counties) from 10 fish per person to 3 fish per person. (This item was on the Consent Agenda.) Learn more.
- King Mackerel: The Commission approved a federal consistency action to maintain consistent king mackerel commercial vessel limits in Atlantic state and federal waters following a federal commercial vessel limit increase expected to take effect before October 2020. (This item was on the Consent Agenda.)
Draft proposal (these items will be brought back to a future meeting for final decision):
- Apalachicola oysters: Staff presented an update on the status of the oyster population and fishery in Apalachicola Bay as well as an update on recent funding for large-scale restoration intended to promote the recovery of oysters in the Bay. The Commission approved a draft proposal that would suspend wild oyster harvest from the Bay through Dec. 2025, or until restoration and associated monitoring are complete. Staff will also suspend harvest via Executive Order beginning Aug. 1, 2020. Learn more.
- Flounder: The Commission approved a draft proposal to make several changes to the flounder fishery. This includes possible changes to the size limit, recreational bag limit, establishing commercial trip and vessel limits, establishing an annual recreational closure, and extending all proposed and existing regulations into federal waters. Learn more.
Discussions (no regulation changes were made on these items):
- Marine Fisheries Management Annual Workplan: Staff reviewed new and ongoing marine fisheries management issues and request Commission approval of the 2020-2021 workplan.
- Federal fishery management updates: The Commission discussed outcomes of recent meetings of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico federal fishery management councils.
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