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FWC issues order to help blue crab industry

News Release

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an executive order to waive four previously scheduled 10-day blue crab trap harvest closures in July and August this year.  The FWC is taking this action to help relieve possible economic hardships on fishing communities that may occur due to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The order means that scheduled closures to the commercial and recreational harvest of blue crabs with traps will not take place this year in waters from Nassau through Volusia counties, Brevard through Palm Beach counties, Broward through Pasco counties, and Hernando through Wakulla counties - including the Ochlockonee River and Ochlockonee Bay.  These closures normally take place each year to enable officials to identify and remove lost and abandoned blue crab traps.

The FWC order, which can be viewed online, takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2010 and will expire at 12:01 a.m. on June 30, 2011.  All other provisions governing the harvest of blue crabs in Florida remain in effect.

Blue crab regulations and information about the FWC's trap retrieval and debris removal program is available online in the Saltwater area of

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