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 County Zone. The Pasco County 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 of this recent season, staff are exploring changes to the season in rule.
Comment on this topic using the form below.
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.