FWC seeks Public Input on Tampa Bay Snook Regional Management at the Aug. 31 Virtual Workshop
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public input on new recommendations for snook recreational fishing regulations. The FWC is adopting a holistic management approach for snook that includes a review of several environmental and human factors such as habitat, fishing effort, and stakeholder feedback to evaluate the fishery at a more local scale. Newly released data and recent public feedback suggest additional regulation changes may be warranted.
Considering Snook Catch-and-Release Rules for Tampa Bay Snook Fishing
During the virtual workshop, staff will review the new data and recent public feedback and seek input on potential regulation changes to respond to this information. The possible additional regulation changes that will be presented include:
- Making snook catch-and-release only in the Tampa Bay Region beginning in 2024
- Adding September to the closed season for the Southwest Region
- Establishing a 2-fish vessel limit statewide
The Commission will consider this feedback when making their decision on a final rule at an upcoming Commission meeting.
The virtual workshop will start at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug 31. Connect to the meeting by going to MyFWC.com/Marine and clicking “Rulemaking: Submit a Comment/Attend a Workshop” and then “Upcoming Public Workshops.”
If you are unable to attend the virtual meeting, you can still submit comments online by visiting the Saltwater Public Comments page. A recording of the presentation will be available by Thursday, Sep. 7, on the FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube channel.
For information on public workshops, call 850-487-0554 or visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing” then “Public Meetings for Rulemaking.”