Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Public Input Period Open through the end of May 2019
BLACKFIN TUNA FISHING REGULATIONS
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is gathering public input on the future management of blackfin tuna. Blackfin tuna are currently regulated by Florida’s default recreational bag limit of 100 pounds or 2 fish per day, whichever is greater, in state waters. There are no regulations for blackfin tuna in federal waters. Future changes could mean management and regulations that are more tailored for this species.
The FWC held meetings across the state to gather public input on the future management of blackfin tuna including two meeting in the Florida Keys.
Local concerns about sustainability of the harvest of blackfin tuna prompted the FWC to consider amending the rules. The FWC is considering whether more strict regulations in state waters are needed and whether it is advisable to extend regulations into federal waters.
Interested members of the public are encouraged to provide input. The public comment period will remain open through the end of May. For those unable to attend, a recording of the May 8, 2019 meeting held at the Founders Park Community Center can be viewed on the Village Archived Meetings page and will be replayed locally on the government Comcast channel (within the Village only).