Weakfish management workshop scheduled
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) has scheduled a public workshop to receive
comments on coming management changes for weakfish. There
will be a discussion about results of the recent weakfish stock
assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
(ASMFC) and proposed changes to Florida's weakfish management
A recent ASMFC stock assessment found weakfish to
be depleted along the entire Atlantic Coast. Florida, as an
ASMFC member state, must reduce the daily recreational bag limit
for weakfish from 4 fish to 1 fish and reduce commercial weakfish
take to 100 pounds per trip.
In addition, the FWC is proposing to reduce
Florida's weakfish management area to include only Nassau and Duval
counties north of the Buckman Bridge on the St. Johns River.
Reducing the area of weakfish management should alleviate
identification and enforcement issues that exist, because weakfish
and sand seatrout look similar and have created a hybrid
population. All weakfish-like fish within the management area
would be considered weakfish, and all weakfish-like fish outside
this area would be considered sand seatrout, which are
The FWC encourages public participation at the
workshop, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m.
at the Regency Square Regional Library, Room A, 9900 Regency Square
Blvd., in Jacksonville.
Anyone requiring special accommodations to
participate in the workshop should advise the FWC at least five
days prior to the workshop by calling 850-488-6411. If you
are hearing- or speech-impaired, please contact the FWC through the
Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770