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
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 and a draft proposal to create a daily bag limit of 2 per person or 10 per vessel, whichever is greater, was approved at the July Commission meeting. This proposal will be brought back before the Commission at the October meeting in Cape Canaveral for a final public hearing.
FWC is undergoing a multi-phase project to clean up and reevaluate the shrimp rules. Phase 2 of the project focuses on the Northeast Florida inshore food shrimp fishery rules, specifically transferability of the Food Shrimp Production license and allowable harvest days. A draft rule proposal was approved at the July Commission meeting and it is expected to go to the October Commission meeting in Cape Canaveral for a Final Public Hearing.
The Biscayne National Park (BNP) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which was developed jointly by the FWC and the National Park Service, includes a goal of increasing the size and abundance of fishery species in BNP by 20%. FWC is requesting feedback on the status of BNP fisheries and input on potential rule changes that could help achieve the goals of the FMP.
Potential changes FWC is gathering input on include:
- Modified size and bag limits
- Spearfishing: Limits on SCUBA or trigger mechanisms
- Coral reef protection areas
- Trap free zone north and east of park area
- No-trawl zone
- Elimination of lobster mini-season
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
Staff has been hearing concerns about the status of various fisheries in Charlotte Harbor and is gathering feedback on the fisheries in that area.