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Jacksonville open house to gather input on FWC bass regulations

News Release

Monday, March 25, 2013

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Tell the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) what you think about bass-fishing regulations. Fisheries biologists with the FWC are looking for angler input.

An open house where anglers can voice their opinions will be April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 13075 City Square Drive in Jacksonville.

“This is an opportunity for anglers to provide their thoughts and ideas about Florida largemouth bass regulations. Should they stay the same? Should changes be made? You tell us,” said Allen Martin, regional freshwater fisheries biologist for the FWC.

The open house will enable the public to come in, talk to biologists and let FWC staff know what they think.

“Anglers are welcome to come into the open house at any point. There’s no set schedule. You can come in for 10 minutes or stay for an hour,” Martin said. “The open house format is casual and for angler input about bass regulations only. We want people to let us know what they think.”

Other scheduled open houses around the state are:

April 2 – St. Augustine (5-8 p.m.)
Gander Mountain
550 Prime Outlets Blvd.

Early April (date TBD) – Tallahassee
Location TBD

For more information, go to the Largemouth Bass Regulations Review page at

FWC Facts:
Boats less than 16 feet long must carry at least 3 visual distress signals approved for nighttime use whenever they are on coastal waters from sunset to sunrise.

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