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Marine Fisheries Workshops

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants your input on a final rule proposal that, if approved at the March 2022 Commission meeting, would allow a limited, highly regulated harvest of goliath grouper in Florida state waters. This proposal includes a special opportunity for harvest through a lottery draw, while enacting area and seasonal closures, size and gear restrictions, and post-harvest requirements. This limited harvest would allow users additional access opportunities to this species and provide researchers with needed biological data, while allowing the population to continue to rebuild and excluding harvest from areas of heavy dive ecotourism. Based on Commissioner direction at the October 2021 Commission Meeting, updates to the draft proposal have been incorporated, including new proposed rules to reduce impacts of catch-and-release fishing on goliath spawning aggregations in state waters.

Staff hosted virtual workshops Jan. 11 and 13.

If you missed these workshops, you can watch a recording at YouTube.com/FWCSaltwaterFishing and submit your comments online at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments to submit comments.

For questions, contact the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at (850) 487-0554 for more information. 

Learn more about goliath grouper.