FWC meeting in Havana set for April 6-7
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Media contact: (marine fisheries issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554;
(other issues) Susan Smith, 850-488-8843
Agenda (with links to background reports)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
meet April 6 and 7 near Tallahassee. The sessions will begin at
8:30 a.m. each day and are open to the public. The meeting is at
the Florida Public Safety Institute, Pat Thomas Law Enforcement
Academy, 215 Academy Drive, Havana, FL 32333.
Traditionally, the Commission discusses marine fisheries issues
on the second day but, as it did at its February meeting, it will
address those issues on the first day.
On Wednesday, April 6, the Commission will hold a final public
hearing on a proposed draft rule that would establish three
regional management areas for red drum, raise the daily
recreational bag limit for red drum from one fish to two in
Northeast and Northwest Florida, create a statewide eight-fish
vessel limit for red drum, and modify the red drum off-the-water
possession limit and red drum transport provisions.
The Commission will also hold a final public hearing on a
proposed draft rule that would:
- make bonefish a catch-and-release fishery,
- specify that bonefish may be targeted with hook and line gear
- allow the temporary possession of bonefish for photographs and
to document a possible record catch,
- create a tournament exemption permit to allow temporary
possession and transport of bonefish for tournament weigh-ins,
- strengthen provisions prohibiting the sale of bonefish.
In addition, Commissioners will consider proposed recreational
amberjack and gag grouper rules for Gulf of Mexico state waters
that would be consistent with pending rules in Gulf federal
waters. The proposed rules for Gulf state waters would
establish an annual June 1 through July 31 closed recreational
harvest season for amberjack. The proposed Gulf gag grouper rules
would create a 2011 closed gag grouper recreational harvest season
of June 1 through the end of this year, except for an open gag
grouper recreational harvest season of Sept. 16 through Nov. 15
Commissioners will also consider options that would further
protect permit, Florida pompano and African pompano by expanding
the species' protection in some areas beyond the 9-mile zone, where
the fish currently aren't protected, and by creating separate
conservation-management strategies for these species.
Some of the noteworthy proposals for permit include creating a
special South Florida management zone and three-month closed
season, and adjusting size and bag limits. The proposal would also
modify certain Florida and African pompano rules.
In other marine fisheries action, the Commission will consider
expanding the FWC's stone crab protection seaward, review and
discuss the latest spotted seatrout stock assessment, and receive
updates on various federal fisheries management issues.
Also on April 6, the Commission will recognize FWC Officer Marc
Shea for earning the Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year Award and
Jacksonville artist C. Ford Riley.
Commissioners may finish the day by selecting two east coast
locations for an anchoring and mooring pilot program if they decide
to move on staff recommendations. They must select two east coast
sites by June.
They will devote Thursday morning to staff reports,
administrative matters and a public comment period for items not on
Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the
meeting should advise the FWC at least five days prior to the April
6 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.