Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission Sets Great Barracuda Fishing Limits For Waters Off Martin County Through The Keys
Responding to concerns about the declining number of barracuda off South Florida's coasts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set fishing restrictions for recreational and commercial fishermen.
There will now be a recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two barracuda caught per person and a daily vessel limit of six fish per boat. The FWC approved these new fishing limits at a meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 3.
These changes apply to state and federal waters off Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties. They take effect Nov. 1.
People in southeast Florida and the Keys had voiced concerns about the declining number of great barracuda they observed when fishing and diving, and the FWC took action.
"FWC staff gathered public input from concerned stakeholders at workshops conducted earlier this year," a press release reads. "The FWC is responding to these concerns by creating bag limits to prevent further declines and conserve barracuda in the region."
The FWC is also considering imposing barracuda size limits (a fork length of 15 to 36 inches), which were included in the original proposal.
The commission will be gathering public input through another series of workshops in South Florida.
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