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  • FWC Commission Update -The FWC Commission discussed several marine fisheries management issues at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee.

    At the meeting, the Commission:

    • Set the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season to start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24, 2014) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15 (total of 52 days);
    • Implemented a 200 commercial sea cucumber trip and vessel limit that will go into effect June 1, 2014;
    • Moved forward with the creation of a Gulf Reef Fish Data Reporting System (this issue will come back before the Commission at the June meeting in Fort Myers for a final public hearing);
    • Moved forward with several changes to how lionfish are managed (this issue will come back before the Commission at the June meeting in Fort Myers for a final public hearing).
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  • Gulf of Mexico Federal Red Snapper Update: The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season will be 11 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and remaining open through June 11, 2014, closing June 12, 2014. The daily bag limit will remain 2 per person. Learn more.Adobe PDF
  • Net Limitation Information
    The First District Court of Appeal has reimposed the automatic stay concerning net fishing in Florida. FWC will enforce the net limitation rules and regulations as defined in the Florida Constitution, administrative code and statute

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FWC Facts:
American eels are catadromous, which means they live in fresh water but go to the sea to spawn.

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