FWC approves statewide changes to tripletail and sheepshead management

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At its April meeting in Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several changes to the management of tripletail and sheepshead. Changes go into effect July 1, 2018, and include: Tripletail: Increasing the minimum size limit from 15 to 18 inches total length. Extending all of the FWC’s recreational and commercial…

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FWC approves draft rule to gather data from for-hire industry, discusses future of Gulf red snapper management

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Photo: http://bit.ly/2Ev3mYb   At the Feb. 8 meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a draft proposal that would establish data collection improvements for the for-hire industry in Gulf state waters. The proposal would require for-hire operations that target or harvest certain reef fish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding…

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FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018 with some changes from original proposal

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Gallery: http://bit.ly/2BM92Mz    At its February meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters…

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FWC approves changes to Gulf greater amberjack season

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At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the greater amberjack recreational season in Gulf state waters to open May 1-31 and Aug. 1-Oct. 31. This change is similar to pending changes in Gulf federal waters. Greater amberjack is overfished and undergoing overfishing, and the season has closed…

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FWC approves several changes to Gulf cobia management

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At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took final action to approve several changes to the management of cobia in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These changes are based on stakeholder input and concerns from anglers, and will further promote sustainable management of this fishery. Approved…

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