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FWC hears update on Black Bass Management Plan

News Release

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Media contact: Bob Wattendorf, 850-488-0520

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received an update on the Florida Black Bass Management Plan on June 24 at the Commission meeting in Lake Mary.

The plan is an evolving strategy that will incorporate all aspects of the FWC and better coordinate efforts with other partner agencies to focus resources in establishing Florida as the undisputed Bass Fishing Capital of the World.

Tom Champeau, director of the FWC's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, said, "The origin of this plan is based heavily on public input, and it will continue to evolve based on the desires of our angling public and resource users."

Input for the plan has come from surveys at fishing shows, fishing club meetings or other venues during the past six months. That information, along with scientific information about bass populations and anglers' use, is already being reviewed by a citizens technical advisory committee and FWC biologists to create the first full working draft of a long-term, holistic plan.

For updates on the plan and more background, visit

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