FWC Marine Fisheries Workshops

Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops

The FWC needs your input on the recreational and commercial stone crab and blue crab trap fisheries and commercial spiny lobster trap fishery. Share your feedback on potential regulation changes for this fishery.

Stone crab and blue crab will be discussed at all eight workshops. Spiny lobster, in addition to the other two fisheries, will be discussed at workshops in Key West, Key Colony Beach and Dania Beach.

Potential regulation changes being discussed include requiring all recreational stone and blue crab traps have a no-cost FWC-issued tag number affixed to the trap. Several potential regulation changes for the commercial fishery will also be discussed including standardizing management measures across the fisheries.

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Workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m. local time:

  • May 7: Titusville, Brevard County Government Center - North, Brevard Room (second floor), 518 S. Palm Ave.

  • May 8: St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE.

  • May 9: Crystal River, City Hall Council Chambers, 123 NW Highway 19.

  • May 10: Steinhatchee, Community Center, 1013 Riverside Dr.

  • May 14: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 W. Ocean Dr.

  • May 15: Key West, Monroe County Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St.

  • May 21: Dania Beach, Lions Club, 501 SW 4th Ave.

  • May 22: Fort Myers, Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, Room 165 C&D, 2295 Victoria Ave.

If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.







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