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Saltwater Public Comments

The FWC welcomes comments on any species, even those not featured on this page, at any time via the comment form below, email at Marine@MyFWC.com or phone at 850-487-0554.

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.

Public Workshops

Share your input in person by attending a public workshop.

Future Commission Meeting Items

FWC wants your feedback on a proposed rule to reduce impact of catch-and-release fishing on goliath grouper at spawning aggregation sites.

This rule would prohibit fishing within 1,000 feet of three goliath spawning aggregation sites off Martin and Palm Beach County from July 15 – October 15 each year.  These three sites were identified by members of the recreational dive community as having the highest density of goliath in state waters during the spawning season.

These sites include:

  • MG-111 and Warrior Ree - 26°58.670’N | 80°01.490’W               
  • Ana Cecilia and Mizpah Wrecks - 26°47.134’N | 80°00.954’W
  • Castor and Bud Bar Wrecks - 26°28.740’N | 80°02.269’W             

Staff will present the proposed rule for final consideration at a future Commission meeting and would like your input.

Comment on this item using the form below.

High release mortality is a top management challenge for reef fish stocks throughout the southeastern U.S. FWC staff are requesting feedback on a proposed rule to improve survival of released reef fish, promote best fishing practices, and increase compliance with requirements in federal waters.

The proposed rule would require any person on board a vessel fishing for reef fish in state waters to possess a descending device or venting tool that is rigged and ready for use to quickly return a fish that is exhibiting signs of barotrauma back to depth.

Staff will present the proposed rule for consideration at a future Commission meeting and your input is appreciated.

FWC wants your feedback on prohibiting the placement of commercial and recreational traps
within the boundary of the Legare Anchorage site within Biscayne National Park. The
implementation of this rule would protect vulnerable cultural resources from damage that may be
caused by this fishing gear.

Staff will present this as a proposed rule for the Commission’s consideration at their meeting.

A public hearing on the proposed rules will be held at FWC’s September Commission meeting. For more information on the September Commission meeting visit the FWC Commission Meetings page.


Comment on this item below using the commenting form.

Other topics

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. 

Both the gag grouper stocks in the Gulf and South Atlantic are overfished and undergoing overfishing.  This will require new rebuilding plans and lead to modifying current management regulations.  Staff welcomes any management suggestions or feedback that could help better understand and improve gag grouper populations statewide.

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