The following topics are either tentatively slated to be brought before the Commission in the near future or items FWC staff plan to begin working on.
This is not an all-encompassing list and topics may be moved to a later date or not discussed at all.
Visit the Commission meeting agenda page to see what FWC staff will be presenting to the Commission at an upcoming meeting.
Commission Meeting Topics
The FWC is gathering input on the bay scallop season structure for 2020 and beyond. A draft rule on this was approved at the February Commission meeting. This item will be brought back before the Commission for a final public hearing in May.
Blackfin tuna does not currently have species specific regulations in Florida state waters. FWC has been hearing requests from anglers that would like to see regulations put into place.
In-person workshop will be scheduled for this topic soon.
Staff have heard concerns about spotted seatrout in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery.
FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s flounder fishery. If you fish for this species, we’d like to know more about:
- Your thoughts on how these fisheries are doing – compared to the past and/or compared to other fisheries
- Your thoughts on current management of these species
The FWC will be reviewing several trap fisheries in the upcoming year including spiny lobster, blue crab, stone crab, pinfish/baitfish, lionfish traps, trap retrieval, recreational trap fisheries, and traps used for shellfish aquaculture leases. Workshops scheduled for May. View workshop presentation
FWC is undergoing a multi-phase project to clean up and reevaluate the shrimp rules. The next phase of the project will focus on the Northeast Florida shrimp fishery rules.
Staff has been hearing concerns about the status of various fisheries in Charlotte Harbor and is gathering feedback on the fisheries in that area.