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GOOD NEWS! Red drum are doing well under today’s conservative management: No commercial fishing since 1989; very limited take for individual citizens.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to study a proposal to actually increase the red drum bag limit from 1 fish to 2, for northern waters of the state. The Commission is scheduled to take up the subject at a meeting in November, following a new stock assessment due this fall.
The 2-fish north Florida bag limit proposal stemmed from a reevaluation of a 2009 stock assessment which indicated redfish regulations were exceeding management goals in the Northeast and Northwest regions.
Increasing the redfish bag limit only in certain parts of the state would be a bit confusing. But, as with red grouper (see story this month), anglers who’ve accepted tight limits over the years should be encouraged to see once-threatened fisheries turning the corner.
—Jeff Weakley, Editor
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