FWC sets Sept. 1-3 meeting in Pensacola Beach
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Media contact: (inland issues) Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130 (marine issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
meet Sept. 1-3 in Pensacola Beach. The sessions will begin at 8:30
a.m. Central Daylight Time all three days and are open to the
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Commission will consider
several final rules, starting with fox and coyote enclosures and
their operation in Florida. The new rule, if approved, will
prohibit the taking of fox or coyote by a dog or dogs within an
enclosure. Another final rule addresses how the FWC will notify the
county or a municipality of a pending application for the
possession of Class I or II wildlife. Other final rules to be
considered include restricting the method of take during the spring
turkey season on wildlife management areas and adding a month of
crossbow hunting opportunity on private lands.
Final rule changes to Florida's imperiled species
listing process will be considered. If approved, the process of
listing species in Florida will be streamlined, while continuing to
protect these species in Florida. It also will change the
classification of all Florida-listed species to "threatened"
The meeting Wednesday will conclude with a
presentation of a report on adjusting hunting season dates on
management areas and an anchoring and mooring update from
On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Commission will receive a
report on the 2010 cold weather impacts to Florida snook
populations and consider whether to open snook season or maintain
the current closure in response to the cold kill. Commissioners
also will consider a proposed draft rule that would raise the daily
recreational bag limit for red drum from one fish to two in
Escambia through Pasco counties in Northwest Florida and in Flagler
through Nassau counties in Northeast Florida.
In addition, Commissioners will consider numerous
proposed draft rule amendments that would regulate Florida pompano,
permit and African pompano in both state and federal waters off
Florida and establish several other new management measures for
They also will consider several proposed blue crab
draft rule amendments, including staggering the annual regional
10-day trap harvest closures so they occur every other year, and
the possible creation of a recreational reef fish tag or
endorsement. The Commission also will review and discuss various
federal fisheries management issues, including Gulf of Mexico gag
Thursday's meeting will wrap up with a report on
FWC's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
On Friday, Sept. 3, the Commission will hear
reports on the budget and legislative issues for the 2011 session
of the Florida Legislature.
The meeting will be at the Hilton Pensacola Beach
Gulf Front, 12 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach.
Anyone requiring special accommodations to
participate in the meeting should advise the FWC at least five days
prior to the Sept. 1 meeting by contacting the FWC's Office of
Human Resources at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or
speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at
800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).