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FWC May 14 meeting Online to go over Stone Crab rules

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 22, 2020

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet online May 14 beginning at 9 am. The meeting originally scheduled to be held in Miami will now be held online due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) social distancing guidelines.

This meeting is being held by communications media technology, specifically using Adobe Connect with a telephone conference line for accepting public comments during the meeting.

The Florida Channel will be broadcasting live video coverage at TheFloridaChannel.org and participants watching from the Florida channel can utilize the telephone conference line to call in for public comment.

Items Requiring Action include a Draft Rule regarding Stone Crab

Commercial stone crab landings show a long-term decline in the average annual harvest of stone crab claws despite an increasing trend in market price.

Staff will present proposed draft rules for commercial and recreational stone crab harvesters to help increase the stone crab population and add resiliency to the fishery, including modifying the stone crab season, requiring escape rings in all stone crab traps, increasing the minimum claw size limit, and limiting the number of whole stone crabs that may be possessed onboard a vessel.

Specific details of the proposals are provided in the background documents for this item. Public comment on this agenda item will be limited to no more than 1 hour.

Public Comment Welcome at May 14 Online FWC meeting

The FWC is committed to providing opportunity for public input. The Commission welcomes public input regarding agenda items requiring action. To accommodate as much input as possible from those attending, the Chairman reserves the right to designate the amount of time given to a topic or speaker, including time donation to other speakers.

For the full May 14 agenda, links to background reports, and ways to participate, go to MyFWC.com/about/commission/commission-meetings, or MyFWC.com/About and click on “The Commission” and “Commission Meetings.”

Because this meeting is being held by video conference and a telephone conference line, the Commission is presenting a reduced agenda and is limiting public comment to one hour per agenda item.

Public comment will be taken by telephone conference line on a first call/first serve basis. 

Submit Comments in Advance

The Commission is also offering the opportunity for stakeholders to provide their comments regarding the agenda item topics in advance. Advanced comments should be submitted no later than Friday, May 1.

Those comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]. If you would like to provide written comments, you can mail those comments to FWC Commissioners, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399.

Updates will be provided at Twitter.com/MyFWC (@MyFWC) and anyone can sign up for news releases at MyFWC.com.


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