Saltwater Public Comments

The following topics are either tentatively slated to be brought before the Commission in the near future or items FWC staff plan to begin working on.

This is not an all-encompassing list and topics may be moved to a later date or not discussed at all. Visit the Commission meeting agenda page to see what FWC staff will be presenting to the Commission at an upcoming meeting.

The FWC welcomes comments on any species, even those not featured on this page, at any time via the comment form, email at Marine@MyFWC.com or phone at 850-487-0554.

Visit the Marine Fisheries Workshops page for other public comment opportunities.

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Commission Meeting Items

To learn more Commission proposals and to view presentations, visit the meeting agenda.

Sheepshead and Tripletail

FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s sheepshead and tripletail fisheries. If you fish for either of these species, we’d like to know more about:

  • Whether you actively target them or if you catch them while targeting other species
  • How you fish for them (hook-and-line, etc.)
  • Is the fishery seasonal in your area
  • When and where you target them
  • Your thoughts on how these fisheries are doing – compared to the past and/or compared to other fisheries
  • Your thoughts on current management of these species

Read a presentation on this topic 

 

Comment here

Cobia

Staff have heard concerns about cobia in recent years and are collecting public input on this fishery. 

In-person workshops were held earlier this year. 

Workshop Presentation Adobe PDF

Comment here

Gray Triggerfish (Gulf)

At the recent July Commission meeting, the Commissioners directed staff to develop a fall limited harvest for gray triggerfish in 2017. The dates for this season have not yet been announced. Visit MyFWC.com for more information about this upcoming season. Give comment about a fall triggerfish season here

Comment here


 

Future topics

This is a list of general topics that staff may begin collecting additional public comments on soon.

Check back for updates and more information on the focus of these topics. This is not an all-encompassing list and topics may be moved to a later date or not discussed at all.

The FWC welcomes comments on any species, even those not featured on this page, at any time via the comment form, email at Marine@MyFWC.com or phone at 850-487-0554.

Goliath Grouper

Staff is discussing management strategies for this species that could be considered in the future. To learn more about, visit the Commission meeting proposal on the meeting agenda.

Comment here

Flounder

FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s flounder fishery. If you fish for this species, we’d like to know more about:

  • Whether you actively target them or if you catch them while targeting other species
  • How you fish for them (hook-and-line, etc.)
  • Is the fishery seasonal in your area
  • When and where you target them
  • Your thoughts on how these fisheries are doing – compared to the past and/or compared to other fisheries
  • Your thoughts on current management of these species

Read a presentation on this topic 

Comment here

Spotted Seatrout

Staff have heard concerns about spotted seatrout in recent years and is collecting public input on this fishery. Several workshops across the state are scheduled for late July and early August. Learn more. View workshop presentationAdobe PDF

Comment here

Trap Fisheries

The FWC will be reviewing several trap fisheries in the upcoming year including spiny lobster, blue crab, stone crab, pinfish/baitfish, lionfish traps, trap retrieval, recreational trap fisheries, and traps used for shellfish aquaculture leases.  

Comment here

Shrimp

FWC will be looking at cleaning up and reevaluating the shrimp rule External Website in the near future. These discussions will include talks on live food shrimp and the northeast shrimp fishery. 

Comment here

 

 

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