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South Florida issues topic of upcoming workshops, share your input

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be hosting five upcoming workshops to gather public input on South Florida marine fisheries regulations and issues. All stakeholders are invited to share their concerns about South Florida fisheries management at the meeting. The FWC manages marine fisheries in state waters, while the Councils manage fisheries in South Florida federal waters.

The ecosystems and fishing communities that occur in South Florida are undoubtedly unique. Some South Florida species, such as yellowtail snapper, are rarely encountered elsewhere in Florida or the Southeastern United States. However, many local fishing regulations are generalized and apply in state waters, in federal waters from Texas to Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, or federal waters from North Carolina to Florida in the South Atlantic. Often, a day-long fishing trip in South Florida will overlap between the Gulf and South Atlantic jurisdictions as well as state and federal waters. This makes marine fisheries management particularly complex in South Florida. In some cases, it means that fishermen in South Florida are subject to three different sets of regulations, depending on the species and where they are harvested and landed. These workshops are a beginning step into examining issues and fisheries management needs that are particular to South Florida.

Stakeholders can bring all concerns about South Florida fishery management issues to any of the following meetings, all of which are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT:

July 29: Dania Beach, International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way.
July 30: Key Largo, Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 102.
July 31: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, Auditorium, 600 W. Ocean Drive, Mile Marker 53.5.
Aug. 1: Key West, Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Ave., 2nd floor.
Aug. 5: Marco Island, Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd.

For questions or comments, please contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554 or [email protected].


  • Pucker FactorPucker Factor Senior Member PTZPosts: 875 Officer
    That is a pretty broad based topic. It would be interesting if there was more focused information about what the purpose of this meeting is about.

    Need to stop sending freshwater pulses into the estuary, use the landscape to disperse the freshwater flows to meet water quality standards/criteria and for gods sake GET FRESHWATER to the Florida Bay while maintaining water resources for the other components of the system.

    Oh that is right, that is what everyone continues to scream about and no one is listening on the other end. Well, I guess we need to keep screaming for the betterment of our estuarine based fisheries. I just cannot get an understanding of why these folks are not more focused on habitat to manage fisheries. It is not about the length of a snapper, it is about the habitat where they grow up. It is not about counting the snook in the Florida Bay, it is about getting the salinity right to increase populations. We are so short sighted, while we count fish on a yearly basis or at least think we are counting fish, we are continually missing the long play of gettting the water right. So MUCH would be solved if the focus would actually be on freshwater.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Senior Member Posts: 4,773 Captain
    Adam, you're absolutely right... The reason not much gets done there (and about the mess coming out of Okeechobee as well) is the huge cost and long, long work it would take to accomplish. Every now and then somebody in authority will make a few speaches about it but mostly doing what needs doing will be a long, hard proposition. Me, I'm still waiting for all that "new water" that supposed to come down Taylor Slough...... The built the new bridges there almost twenty years ago and I don't think I've seen one drop of "new water"....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • Pucker FactorPucker Factor Senior Member PTZPosts: 875 Officer
    They won't until they can flood the area enough to mound water over the rocky Glades section from Northeast Shark Slough without flooding out Miami Dade County and meeting the water quality issues. Pretty frustrating. The bridge looks great and will some day when more bridge is built get the right water into this area of the Park, but until seepage management (prevent the water that is entering the park to enter the canals in western Miami Dade that would cause flood control issues) is addressed that water will not make it to the Bay, from the way I understand the issues.

  • Flatwater witchFlatwater witch Senior Member Posts: 606 Officer
    Anybody attend the IGFA meeting in Dania Monday night??
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