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.
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Flounder, Sheepshead and Tripletail
FWC is collecting feedback on Florida’s flounder, sheepshead and tripletail fisheries. If you fish for any of these three 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
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Commission Meeting Items
To learn more Commission proposals and to view presentations, visit the meeting agenda.
Gray Triggerfish (Gulf)
FWC is discussing the potential for a short Gulf fall season in state waters. To learn more about the Commission proposal and to view presentations, visit the upcoming meeting agenda. For your comments to be considered at the April 19-20 Commission meeting, please submit input no later than April 12.
FWC is discussing the 2017 red snapper recreational season in Gulf state waters at the February and April meetings in Crystal River and Tallahassee. The potential proposed season to be considered by the Commission would be similar to the 2016 season and open Saturdays and Sundays starting the first Saturday in May, then opening continuously starting the Saturday before Memorial Day through the Sunday following Independence Day, then reopening Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day. If October 31 falls on a Saturday, the last day of harvest will be Sunday, Nov. 1. To learn more about the Commission proposal and to view presentations, visit the upcoming meeting agenda. For your comments to be considered at the April 19-20 Commission meeting, please submit input no later than April 12.
FWC is discussing making changes to the recreational gag grouper season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. Staff have received stakeholder requests for a longer season in this area, which is currently open yearly from April 1 through June 30. Gulf state waters outside of that area and all Gulf federal waters are open June 1 through Dec. 31. At the April 19-20 Commission meeting in Tallahassee, staff plan to present a draft proposal keeping the April through June season in this area and adding a September through December season. If this proposal is approved, it will need to come back before the Commission in June for final approval, but could be in place in time for anglers to participate in a fall season later this year. For your comments to be considered at the April 19-20 Commission meeting, please submit input no later than April 12.
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.
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.
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.
FWC will be looking at cleaning up and reevaluating the shrimp rule in the near future. These discussions will include talks on live food shrimp and the northeast shrimp fishery.