June 9, 2016
To Our South Florida Guides and Anglers,
FWC has alerted us that they will present the Draft Rule for barracuda to the FWC Commission at the Commission meeting June 22-23, in Apalachicola. Barracuda will be addressed on Thursday, June 23. If the Draft Rule is accepted by the Commissioners, the Final Rule will be voted on at the FWC Commission meeting in St. Petersburg on November 16-17.
The current regulations are:
The proposed Draft Regulations would add:
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is pleased that the harvest restrictions remain in place. Prior to these regulations, the fishery was essentially unregulated. However, we feel that the slot is too large, and should be further constricted to allow more barracuda to mature and reproduce.
We encourage anglers and guides to attend the FWC Commission meeting in Apalachicola if they are able, or to submit statements directly to FWC prior to the meeting by emailing FWC Director of Marine Fisheries Management, Jessica McCawley at email@example.com.
More details on the draft rule and public workshops are at the links below:
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