FWC approves draft proposal for blackfin tuna
At its July meeting in Stuart, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a draft proposal to create a recreational limit for blackfin tuna of two fish per person or 10 fish per vessel, whichever is greater, and to extend this proposed regulation into federal waters.
The proposal is expected to come before the commission for a final public hearing in October.
FWC staff has heard a variety of concerns from anglers about the blackfin tuna fishery for years and held public workshops across the state this year to gather input on management of the fishery.
Blackfin tuna can be found throughout Florida, the Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean.
Also at the meeting, the FWC approved changes to how shortfin mako are managed in state waters. Effective Jan. 1, the minimum size limit for recreational harvest will increase from 54 to 83 inches fork length.
The size increase is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to provide consistency with recent federal changes. Shortfin mako is overfished and undergoing overfishing, and the measures are a part of ongoing international efforts to help rebuild the resource for a sustainable fishery in the future.
Commercial harvest is prohibited in state waters due to recent changes to federal rules.
Learn more about shark regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Sharks.”