Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on shore-based shark fishing. Share your thoughts on the future management of this fishery by attending a public workshop.
Workshops start at 6 p.m. local time:
If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. Staff is working on an advance copy of the presentation and a virtual workshop that should be available online in the near future. Additional details and updates to these meetings will be posted at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops.”)
check out more here! http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2018/july/11/shark-workshops/
This coming Saturday, July 21st will be the FWC's first ever scallop rodeo for St. Andrew's Bay. FWC biologists are in need of volunteers to help replenish scallop breeder stocks from St. Andrew's Bay. Volunteers will collect 50 live scallops that will be placed into predator-exclusion cages to protect them from predation throughout the next year. St. Andrew's Bay isn't open to scalloping any time of the year because of low populations; a result of algae blooms in the past.
Check-in begins 7am CDT
Scallops returned by 6pm CDT
All scallopers must check-in at designated locations (listed below)
Scalloping is only permitted within the designated scallop area (see map)
Each individual can collect up to 50 scallops
Scallops must be kept alive in a bucket of water
Live scallops must be brought back to check-in location no later than 6:00pm
St. Andrew’s City Boat Ramp
Panama City Marina
Bob George Park
St. Andrew’s State Park Boat Ramp
Always practice safe boating – wear life jackets and keep an eye out for other divers
Use a diver-down symbol when snorkeling or diving
Minors >18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
All collected scallops must be turned into FWC
If you are interested in volunteering at a check-in location, please visit https://outreach.myfwc.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1121391&group=
or contact the NW Region Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
Please note: Bay County does not have a recreational season for bay scallops. This is a special event for restoration purposes only. Collecting scallops outside of this event is prohibited in Bay County.
Gag Grouper season opens June 1st and ends December 31st. It is open for recreational harvest in all federal waters and most state Gulf of Mexico waters.
Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, and Jefferson counties are excluded because they have their own season from April 1-June 30 and Sept. 1-Dec. 31. Monroe County is also excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic state season.
To fish for Gag Grouper, you need to be signed up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal required) visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” Sign up today at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
Federal waters start nine nautical miles out and extend 200 out. Gulf state waters end where federal waters begin.
Gag Groupers limit is 24 inches total length with a bag limit of 2 fish per person with a total boat limit of 4.
Learn more about grouper at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”
Photo provided by the FWC