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MARCH 2015

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Snook, BarracudaRed Snapper, Season Updates, Events

Snook – Gulf

Action: Season opens March 1

Information: The recreational harvest season for snook in Gulf state and federal waters including Monroe County and Everglades National Park will open March 1.

Links for more information:

Snook []

Barracuda - Workshops


Action: Two workshops scheduled for March

Information: The public is invited to attend one of two public workshops on barracuda scheduled 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):

  • 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 []

Red Snapper - Workshops


Action: Five workshops scheduled for March

Information: The public is invited to attend any of five public workshops on the recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on a proposed season that would start the Saturday before Memorial Day and run through Sunday, July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout  September and October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. This proposed season would result in a 70-day season for 2015. This season was the preferred option discussed by Commissioners during the February meeting in Jacksonville. Staff will present results from these workshops to the Commission at its April meeting in Tallahassee, where the Commission is expected to make a final decision about what the recreational season will be in Gulf state waters.

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

  • March 9: Pensacola, Bayview Community Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St.
  • March 10: Destin, Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave.
  • March 11: Panama City, Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 5230 W. U.S. Highway 98
  • March 12: Carrabelle, Carrabelle City Municipal Complex, 1001 Gray Ave.
  • March 16: St. Petersburg, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, 3rd floor #3A and 3B, 100 Eighth Ave. SE

Links for more information:

Workshops []


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

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

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


March 1 -

April 1

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations []

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MARCH-APRIL 2015 EVENTS             


March 3: Barracuda Workshop – Dania Beach

March 5: Barracuda Workshop – Webinar and Conference Call

March 9: Red Snapper Workshop – Pensacola

March 10: Red Snapper Workshop – Destin

March 11: Red Snapper Workshop – Panama City

March 12: Red Snapper Workshop – Carrabelle

March 14: Women’s Fishing Clinic – Melbourne Beach

March 16: Red Snapper Workshop – St. Petersburg

March 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic - Daytona

April 4-5: Freshwater License Free Fishing Day

April 11: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Pensacola

April 11-12: Florida Sportsman Expo – Port St. Lucie

April 14-16: Commission Meeting - Tallahassee

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