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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 is using a new management approach for redfish that includes an inclusive review of several environmental and human factors that affect the fishery on a local scale.  To implement this approach, FWC is proposing to use 9 management regions instead of the current 3 regions.  After reviewing the factors, called “metrics,” and considering recent public comment, staff is proposing several regulation changes for redfish:  

  • Modifying the redfish management regions
  • Prohibiting captain and crew from retaining a bag limit when on a for-hire trip
  • Reducing the off-the-water transport limit from 6 to 4 fish per person
  • Increasing the bag limit for the Big Bend region from 1 to 2 fish per person
  • Reducing the 8-fish vessel limit in each of the proposed management regions:
    • Panhandle, Big Bend, Northeast: 4 fish
    • Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Southwest, Southeast: 2 fish
  • Only allowing catch-and-release fishing for redfish in the Indian River Lagoon region

We would like your feedback on the proposed rule amendments.   A public hearing on the proposed rules will be held at FWC’s May Commission meetingPublic workshops will be held in June 2022, before the Final Rule Hearing.

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. 

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