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Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Snook, Bully Netting, BarracudaSeason Updates, Events

Commission Meeting – Jacksonville

Action: Marine Fisheries Management items Feb. 4-5

Information: The FWC Commission will discuss several marine fisheries management items Feb. 4-5 at the meeting in Jacksonville including:

  • Establishing an official Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day
  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Magnuson Stevens Act Reauthorization

And draft rules on:

  • Setting the 2015 Gulf red snapper season
  • Making the Lobster Commercial Dive Endorsement transferrable
  • Changes to the Restricted Species Endorsement qualification requirement

Links for more information:

Commission Meeting []

Snook – Atlantic

Action: Season opens Feb. 1

Information: The recreational harvest season for snook in Atlantic state and federal waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north) including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River will open Feb. 1.


Links for more information:

Snook []

Bully netting – Workshops

Action:  Three workshops scheduled for February

Information:  The public is invited to attend one of three public workshops on commercial bully netting for spiny lobster scheduled for February. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on commercial license requirements, commercial harvest limits and other potential management measures.

Workshop schedule (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 23: Key West, Harvey Government Center – BOCC Room, 1200 Truman Ave.
  • Feb. 24: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 East Ocean Drive
  • Feb. 26: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center – Auditorium, 102050 Overseas Highway

Links for more information:

Workshops []

Barracuda - Workshops

Action: Three workshops scheduled for February-March

Information: The public is invited to attend one of three public workshops on barracuda scheduled for late February and early March. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on potential commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations and other related management options for barracuda.

Workshop schedule (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 25: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 West Ocean Drive
  • March 3: Dania Beach, International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way
  • March 5: Statewide webinar and telephone conference; Webinar: Http:// ; Voice-only access contact or 850-487-0554 in advance of the workshop.

Links for more information:

Workshops []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for February-March.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at for more.)  


Feb. 1 –

March 1 -

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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FERUARY-MARCH 2015 EVENTS             


Feb. 4-5: FWC Commission Meeting – Jacksonville


Feb. 5-16: Florida State Fair - Tampa


Feb. 23: Bully netting workshop – Key West


Feb. 24: Bully netting workshop – Key Colony Beach


Feb. 25: Barracuda workshop – Key Colony Beach


Feb. 26: Bully netting workshop – Key Largo


Feb. 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Crystal River


March 3: Barracuda Workshop – Dania Beach


March 5: Barracuda Workshop – Webinar and Conference Call


March 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic - Daytona

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