News Release

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012

    Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made several changes to
    black sea bass management in Atlantic state waters at its Dec. 5 Commission meeting in
    Apalachicola. These changes will help rebuild the Atlantic black sea bass population for
    future generations of recreational and commercial fishers.

    Changes, effective Feb. 1, 2013, include:

  • Increasing the minimum size limit for commercial harvest from 10 to 11 inches total length
    and for recreational harvest from 12 to 13 inches total length;
  • Changing the recreational bag limit from 15 to five fish per person;
  • Requiring federal commercial endorsements and permits for the harvest of black sea bass
    using traps;
  • Matching federal trap specifications and requirements, including requirements for trap
    construction, requiring traps to be set in waters north of Cape Canaveral and requiring
    traps to be removed from the water and brought back to shore at the conclusion of each trip.

    Black sea bass populations in the Atlantic are improving, but are undergoing overfishing,
    which means more fish are being removed from the water than is considered sustainable.
    Federal fishery managers made several recent changes to help continue to rebuild Atlantic
    black sea bass populations. The FWC-approved changes will align state management
    efforts with most current federal regulations for black sea bass.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
    620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
    32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676

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