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Old 06-16-2015, 10:15 AM   #1
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For immediate release: June 16, 2015 Media contacts: Land issues, Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585; Marine fisheries issues, 850-487-0554.


FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend.

The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. and focuses on strategic discussions on:

The Florida panther – Staff will give a status report on panther conservation and management for Commission discussion and policy direction.
Imperiled Species Management Plan – A summary of changes staff made to the draft plan based on new scientific information and stakeholder input, as well as potential species listing reclassifications.
The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25, both start at 8:30 a.m. The public will be provided opportunities to speak during these two days.

Topics on the June 24 agenda are:

Voting on the consent agenda.
Staff will present proposed final rules for bear management, including revised measures against intentional feeding of bears and other wildlife and new rules for a limited bear hunting season.
Staff will also present proposed draft rules to change statewide and specific length limits for black bass species. The proposed changes will be presented for final rule in June 2016 and would take effect in July 2016.
Topics on the June 25 agenda include:

A possible barracuda draft rule addressing population declines in south Florida.
Discussion of a proposed special opportunity for lobster harvesters who remove invasive lionfish during the two-day lobster mini-season.

For the full agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.” Follow live coverage on Twitter @MyFWC (https://twitter.com/MyFWC) and join in the conversation by using tag #FWC2015! Check the Florida Channel for possible live coverage at http://thefloridachannel.org/.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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Re: FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota -Barracuda on the Agenda

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.....Discussion of a proposed special opportunity for lobster harvesters who remove invasive lionfish during the two-day lobster mini-season......
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So FWC is going to recommend that if you land 10 lionfish, then you are allowed one(1) additional bug over the daily bag limit for your area.

We've been suggesting this for years and it great they are going to give it a "Test" by executive order !!

I know everyone wants more, but Hey this is atleast a start when we couldn't get them to move at all.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:22 PM   #3
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Re: FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota -Barracuda on the Agenda

John, are you going to the meeting next week? Tony
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John, are you going to the meeting next week? Tony
I can't, work issues. Even though this EO is small, it should easily pass.

My real question though....." Is it possible to buy stock in ZooKeeper ?? ", cause they are going to sell out.
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Re: FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota -Barracuda on the Agenda

sounds good but here in Miami I haven't seen ten lion fish in a days diving in a long time. Of course that will all change very soon as the Biscayne park closure will bring back the population in multiples.
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Re: FWC to meet June 23-25 in Sarasota -Barracuda on the Agenda

Here is the actual Proposal for discussion on Thursday in Sarasota.

" Special Lionfish Removal Opportunity – Staff will discuss a proposed special opportunity for lobster harvesters to also harvest lionfish during the two-day lobster sport season (mini season). The proposal will allow individuals who harvest at least 10 lionfish per day to harvest one lobster per day over the bag limit during the two-day sport season. If approved, this special opportunity could be implemented via Executive Order and would apply to the 2015 sport season only".
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:46 AM   #7
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Any updates? Was Barracuda discussed at the meeting? If so, what was proposed?
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