Saltwater Public Comments
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.
Future Commission Meeting Items
FWC wants your feedback on the bay scallop season for the Pasco Zone. The Pasco Zone currently has a 10-day season in rule, but a longer, trial season was set by executive order in 2023 to assess whether extending the season would balance resource sustainability with community interests. Based on the outcome and feedback of this recent season, staff will recommend establishing a 40-day season beginning July 10 through August 18 in rule for future seasons at the February commission meeting.
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Harvest of Atlantic blueline tilefish, Atlantic hogfish, and Gulf red snapper is prohibited during each species’ closed season. However, for other reef fish species and in adjacent federal waters harvest and possession of a species is prohibited out of season. Consistent regulations will improve compliance and therefore, staff are recommending that the recreational possession of these three species also be prohibited in state waters during the species’ closed season. These proposed changes will not impact recreational harvest opportunities or existing federal for-hire red snapper possession exemptions. Staff welcomes any suggestions or feedback on the proposed staff recommendation.
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The FWC will be reviewing several trap fisheries in the upcoming year including spiny lobster, blue crab, pinfish/baitfish, trap retrieval, recreational trap fisheries, and traps used for shellfish aquaculture leases.
Gulf gag grouper is overfished and undergoing overfishing. A new rebuilding plan was approved by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council which included a quota reduction, revised sector allocations, and a modified recreational fishing season (open from Sept. 1 until the recreational quota has been projected to be met by NOAA Fisheries). To constrain harvest to the reduced quota while still being able to maximize harvest opportunities, reducing the recreational bag from 2 to 1 fish per person is being considered. FWC wants your feedback on potentially modifying the bag limit and welcomes any other management suggestions that could help better understand and improve Gulf gag grouper populations.