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JUNE 2015

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Snook, Amberjack, Bay Scallop, Season Updates, Events

Commission Meeting - Sarasota

Action: Marine Fisheries items to be discussed June 25

Information: The FWC Commission will discuss several marine fisheries management items June 25 at the meeting in Sarasota including:

Discussions on:

  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Management of forage fish

Regulatory changes on:

  • Encouraging the diving public to participate in lionfish removal by allowing spiny lobster harvesters who remove at least 10 lionfish per day to take one lobster per day over the bag limit during the two-day sport season
  • Increasing the greater amberjack size limit in Gulf of Mexico state waters from 30 inches fork length to 34 inches fork length.
  • Changing stone crab trap gear specifications for Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties
  • Modifying commercial harvest regulations for king mackerel
  • Creating a mackerel tournament donation permit

Draft rules on:

  • Barracuda: the creation of regulations that would apply in South Florida

Links for more information:

Commission Meeting []

Snook - Atlantic

Action: Season closes June 1 in state and federal waters

Information: The recreational snook season in Atlantic state and federal waters closes June 1, reopening to harvest Sept. 1. This includes all waters of Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.

Links for more information:

Snook []


Amberjack - Gulf

Action: Season closes June 1 in state waters

Information: The recreational greater amberjack season in Gulf state waters closes June 1, reopening to harvest Aug. 1.

Links for more information:

Amberjack []

Bay Scallop

Action: Season opens June 27

Information: The bay scallop season, which is recreational only, opens June 27. The season will be open from the Pasco-Hernando county line through the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The season will remain open through Sept. 24.

There is a daily bag limit of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or one pint of meat per person with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or ½ gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.

Links for more information:

Bay Scallop []


Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for June-July.

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

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


June 1

June 27

July 1

July 15

July 10-19

July 20-29

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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JUNE-JULY 2015 EVENTS             


Lionfish Events Calendar


June 6-7: Saltwater License-Free Fishing Weekend

June 13-14: Freshwater License-Free Fishing Weekend

June 23-25: FWC Commission meeting – Sarasota

June 27: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Cape Canaveral

July 6: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Key West and Naples

July 7: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Islamorada and Punta Gorda

July 8: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Coral Gables and St. Pete

July 9: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Jupiter and Crystal River

July 11: Women's Fishing Clinic - Panama City

July 13: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Pensacola

July 14: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Destin

July 15: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Panama City

July 16: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Steinhatchee

July 18: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Palm Coast

July 20: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Stuart

July 21: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Fort Pierce

July 22: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Cocoa

July 23: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Ormond Beach

July 27: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop - Statewide online webinar

July 28: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Carrabelle

July 30: Marine Fisheries Public Workshop – Jacksonville

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