FWC UPDATE — Notes on Fishing Rules and other announcements
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (a/k/a FWC) keeps us up to date on changes that fishermen (cruising-fishermen included) should know, and other items of interest to boating people. As the audience is somewhat varied, we give a quick note on the news and suggest that those interested in specific topics check it all out at the FWC web site.
There's also information on boating, parks, ramps, etc., etc. and we'll hope to include news on anything we think you'll want to know about.
FWC's Web site is www.MyFWC.com.
New for this update:
The five areas chosen for the ANCHORING PILOT PROGRAM being studied by FWC's Boats & Waterways office are St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Monroe County (Florida Keys), St. Augustine and Stuart.
For more, see ABOUT ANCHORING in the current print FCD - What's Happening, page 4 - or [HERE].
REPEATING IN AUGUST: ANGLERS' HELP ASKED
FWC is requesting angler assistance with a research project focusing on red snapper caught in Florida offshore waters. This project will provide fisheries researchers and managers with vital catch-and-release survival information needed for assessing the status of this important recreational fishery.
Anglers will be approached by the biologists at public areas along the Gulf Coast of Florida (boat ramps, fishing piers and marinas) to request participation in the study. Anyone fishing for red snapper in Florida can also request a postage-paid survey card in the mail by e-mailing name and address to FishStats@MyFWC.com. To download a data sheet, click HERE.
That same area of the web site has details on reporting tagged fish to the Angler Tag Return Hotline at 800-367-4461.
FWC SEEKS INPUT ON POSSIBLE MANAGEMENT CHANGE TO SPOTTED SEATROUT, SHARKS.
For more information on FWC's management of spotted seatrout and sharks click HERE.
REPEATING IN AUGUST: Scallop season started a week early (June 25) and ends two weeks later than normal on September 25.
REPEATING IN AUGUST: Atlantic Snook harvest season to reopen soon (September 1); other areas remain catch-and-release.
More at Web site.
LOBSTER SEASON: August 6 through March 31.
Visit MyFWC.com for more information on all of the above.
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