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News Release

FWC PROPOSES RULES TO CLARIFY SALTWATER FISH MEASUREMENT

April 15, 2005
CONTACT: Lee Schlesinger (850) 487-0554

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today proposed a series of rule amendments to clarify how fishermen should measure saltwater finfish. The Commission is developing these rules to standardize the way that total length is measured.

FWCs saltwater fishing rules express size limits of marine fish in either fork length or total length. Size limit measurements for fish expressed in fork length, such as Spanish mackerel, pompano, and cobia, are considered to be easily understood by fishermen and do not need further clarification.

However, FWC rules do not clearly specify how to measure fish that have total length size limits, such as red drum, spotted seatrout, and snook, subjecting the measurement of total length to interpretation by fishermen and law enforcement officers.

In order to clarify how total length size limits for marine fish should be measured, the FWC has proposed a series of rule amendments specifying that total length means the straight line distance from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed, while the fish is lying on its side.

The Commission is also proposing to clarify the measurement for triggerfish by changing its measurement from total length to fork length.

The goal of these proposals is to provide a standard measurement procedure that is understood by resident and visiting anglers, and that may be uniformly enforced by officers in the field.

The FWC will conduct stakeholder meetings and public workshops on its proposed fish measurement rules before holding a final public hearing on the rules during its September 21-23 meeting in Sarasota. If the proposed rules are approved by the Commission, the rules are anticipated to take effect Jan. 1.

More information about measurement of saltwater fish can be accessed on-line at MyFWC.com/marine/Fishing_Measurement.htm.

 

 

 

www.myfwc.com

Florida Marine Research Institute www.floridamarine.org

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee www.floridaconservation.org

Division of Marine Fisheries www.marinefisheries.org

Coastal Conservation Association www.ccaflorida.org

 

 


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