Red Snapper. Florida was recently granted authority to set recreational red snapper seasons in both state and adjacent federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Florida will manage Gulf recreational red snapper harvest for the long-term, including data collection and quota monitoring. This season does not apply to commercial fishermen or for-hire/charter vessels with a valid federal Gulf of Mexico Charter/Headboat Permit for Reef Fish.
Stone Crab Management. Stone crab landings have fallen over the past several years. Commission staff are working with the stone crab industry and recently presented a draft rule proposal to increase the stone crab population and build long-term resiliency in the fishery.
Flounder Management. A stock status update suggests that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend in recent years and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Commission staff are working on gathering public input on the flounder fishery and plans to present a draft rule proposal later this year.
Shark Fins. The 2020 Legislature enacted SB 680 prohibiting the import, export, and sale of shark fins in Florida with certain exceptions. The legislation requires the commission to evaluate the potential economic impact to the commercial shark fishing industry associated with the prohibition and report its findings and recommendations to Governor and Legislature by December 31, 2021.
2020 Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Websites of Interest
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Inspector General
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Research Publications
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Strategic Plan
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service