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FEBRUARY 2015

FWC's Fishing in the Know

Division of Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

 In this issue:

Commission Meeting, Snook, Bully Netting, BarracudaSeason Updates, Events


Commission Meeting – Jacksonville


Action: Marine Fisheries Management items Feb. 4-5

Information: The FWC Commission will discuss several marine fisheries management items Feb. 4-5 at the meeting in Jacksonville including:

  • Establishing an official Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day
  • Federal fishery management updates
  • Magnuson Stevens Act Reauthorization

And draft rules on:

  • Setting the 2015 Gulf red snapper season
  • Making the Lobster Commercial Dive Endorsement transferrable
  • Changes to the Restricted Species Endorsement qualification requirement

Links for more information:

Commission Meeting [MyFWC.com]


Snook – Atlantic


Action: Season opens Feb. 1

Information: The recreational harvest season for snook in Atlantic state and federal waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north) including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River will open Feb. 1.

 

Links for more information:

Snook [MyFWC.com]


Bully netting – Workshops


Action:  Three workshops scheduled for February

Information:  The public is invited to attend one of three public workshops on commercial bully netting for spiny lobster scheduled for February. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on commercial license requirements, commercial harvest limits and other potential management measures.

Workshop schedule (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 23: Key West, Harvey Government Center – BOCC Room, 1200 Truman Ave.
  • Feb. 24: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 West Ocean Drive
  • Feb. 26: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center – Auditorium, 102050 Overseas Highway

Links for more information:

Workshops [MyFWC.com]


Barracuda - Workshops


Action: Three workshops scheduled for February-March

Information: The public is invited to attend one of three public workshops on barracuda scheduled for late February and early March. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on potential commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations and other related management options for barracuda.

Workshop schedule (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. EST):

  • Feb. 25: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 West Ocean Drive
  • March 3: Dania Beach, International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way
  • March 5: Statewide webinar and telephone conference; Webinar: Http://fwc.adobeconnect.com/mfm ; Voice-only access contact Marine@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554 in advance of the workshop.

Links for more information:

Workshops [MyFWC.com]


SEASON UPDATES

Action:  Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for February-March.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at MyFWC.com for more.)  

 

Feb. 1 –

March 1 -

Links for more information:

FWC Recreational Regulations [MyFWC.com]

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FERUARY-MARCH 2015 EVENTS             

 

Feb. 4-5: FWC Commission Meeting – Jacksonville

 

Feb. 5-16: Florida State Fair - Tampa

 

Feb. 23: Bully netting workshop – Key West

 

Feb. 24: Bully netting workshop – Key Colony Beach

 

Feb. 25: Barracuda workshop – Key Colony Beach

 

Feb. 26: Bully netting workshop – Key Largo

 

Feb. 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Crystal River

 

March 3: Barracuda Workshop – Dania Beach

 

March 5: Barracuda Workshop – Webinar and Conference Call

 

March 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic - Daytona

 
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