FWC set to meet June 8-9 in St. Augustine
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Media contact: (marine fisheries issues) Aaron Podey, 850-487-0554;
(other issues) Susan Smith, 850-528-1755
Agenda (with links to background reports)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
meet June 8 and 9 in St. Augustine to discuss staff recommendations
to identify state threatened species; marine fisheries issues of
concern to anglers, commercial fishermen and specimen collectors;
hunting issues for deer and alligators; and other wildlife-related
Both sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and are open to the
public. The meeting is at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf
Village, 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, 32092-2719.
On Wednesday, June 8, after Commissioners recognize St.
Augustine sculptor Capt. Pierre Pierce, staff will present
Biological Status Review reports and recommendations for 61 species
currently listed as state threatened or species of special concern.
Staff will recommend that 40 species remain listed as threatened,
16 species be removed from the list and five species remain as
species of special concern. Commissioners will be asked to approve
the staff recommendations, but before any change in status occurs,
a management plan must be written and approved for each of the 61
Also on Wednesday, Commissioners will decide whether to approve
revisions to the permitting guidelines for gopher tortoises. The
revisions adjust monitoring requirements for landowners who receive
gopher tortoises on their property and modify the conservation
permit to include an on-site relocation option for certain public
projects. The proposed revisions are part of the FWC's adaptive
management strategy to ensure the most effective gopher tortoise
conservation in balance with the needs of Floridians.
Next, the Commission will consider staff's recommendation to
select an east coast location for an anchoring and mooring pilot
program. They must select this remaining site by July 1.
Also on Wednesday, Commissioners will:
- Decide whether to approve a final rule increasing the daylight
hours when alligators can be hunted.
- Review and discuss a draft rule for manatee protection in
- Discuss deer harvest rules in the Stairsteps Unit of Big
Cypress National Preserve in South Florida in response to high
water and habitat change.
- Be briefed on the status of the contract for the new
Recreational License Issuance Services, set to replace the current
Total Licensing System in October 2012.
On Thursday, the Commission will hold a final public hearing on
proposed rule amendments that would further protect permit, Florida
pompano and African pompano by extending state protective measures
into federal waters and creating separate management strategies for
these species. Some of the noteworthy rule proposals include
creating a special management zone for permit in South Florida,
changing permit size and bag limits and modifying certain Florida
pompano and African pompano regulations.
Commissioners will also consider a proposed rule amendment that
would apply the same closed season for the recreational harvest of
red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters as this year's closed
season in Gulf federal waters.
The Commission will also hear draft rules that would extend
state requirements governing the harvest of marine life (aquarium
species) into federal waters adjacent to state waters, create a
commercial quota for octocorals and adopt areas currently closed to
harvest in federal waters for octocorals.
In other marine fisheries action, the Commission will consider a
rule that would extend state stone crab management into adjacent
federal waters; hear a report on the impact of the 2010 snook
cold-weather kill; consider opening snook harvest on Sept. 1; and
receive updates on various federal fisheries management issues.
Regarding freshwater fisheries, Commissioners will recognize the
University of Florida Fishing Team and consider whether to adopt
the Black Bass Management Plan after hearing a report on the final
Toward the end of each meeting day, the public can comment on
items not on the agenda.
Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the
meeting should advise the FWC at least five days prior to the June
8 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
To see the
full agenda, go to MyFWC.com/Commission.