Posted by: reefrescue | December 11, 2009

Lemon Sharks Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Meeting Update

Lemon Sharks

As reported below (see 12/7, blog) the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) met on December 10, to vote on a draft proposed ban to prohibit the take of Lemon Sharks in Florida waters. At that meeting the Commission voted in favor of the proposed rule. BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET.

There will be a final FWC public hearing on the Lemon Shark rule in Apalachicola on February 17 & 18, 2010. Don’t let your guard down. As we learned when NMFS backed down at the 11th hour on their proposed Acropora coral (staghorn & elkhorn) critical habitat designation – it ain’t over till it’s over.

Keep the pressure on FWC with letters, emails and have everyone you know sign the petition to protect the Lemon Shark breeding population at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/urgent-help-needed-to-protect-lemon-sharks

Good News for Groupers

FWC approved a rule to protect grouper spawning aggregations. The rule prohibits all harvest of shallow-water groupers (including gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, grasby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper and tiger grouper) from Jan. 1 – April 30 in Atlantic and Monroe County state waters. This spawning season closure applies to all recreational shallow-water grouper harvest and lengthens the previous two-month closure to commercial grouper fishing in the Atlantic.

FWC Press Release: http://myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/09/statewide/News_09_X_PostCommDec.htm

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