FWC Marine Fisheries Newsletter – April 2014

FWC Marine Fisheries Newsletter – April 2014

Hot Sheet – APRIL 2014
(Valid through April 30, 2014)

Issues covered in this posting:
Commission Meeting, Gag Grouper, Spiny Lobster, Season Updates, Events

Issue: COMMISSION MEETING
Action: Marine Fisheries items to be discussed April 16 in Tallahassee

Information: Several marine fisheries items to be discussed at the April 16 Commission meeting in Tallahassee including:
◾Setting the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season;
◾Commercial sea cucumber management measures;
◾Creating a Gulf Reef Fish Registry;
◾Several changes to how lionfish are managed.

Links for more information:
Commission Meeting Agenda [MyFWC.com]

Issue: GAG GROUPER
Action: 4 counties open April 1

Information: State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties including all waters of Indian Pass, Apalachicola Bay and the Steinhatchee River, will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1.

Links for more information:

Gulf Grouper [MyFWC.com]

Issue: SPINY LOBSTER

Action: Season closes April 1

Information: The recreational and commercial season for spiny lobster closes to harvest starting April 1 in state and federal waters.

Spiny Lobster [MyFWC.com]

Issue: SEASON UPDATES

Action: Upcoming recreational season openings and closures for April-May.

Information: The following species have upcoming season openings/closures:

(May not include all harvest openings/closures. View regulations online at MyFWC.com for more.)

April 1 – Spiny lobster closes

         Gag grouper (off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties) opens

May 1 – Grouper, several species (Atlantic) opens

        Snook (Gulf) closes

        Permit (in the Special Permit Zone) closes

May 16 – Stone crab closes

Links for more information:
Spiny Lobster [MyFWC.com]
Gulf Grouper [MyFWC.com]
Atlantic Grouper [MyFWC.com]
Snook Information [MyFWC.com]
Permit [MyFWC.com]
Stone Crab [MyFWC.com]
FWC Recreational Regulations [MyFWC.com]

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