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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
  • 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

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:

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

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