FWC Consider Game/Sport Fish Class

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approve a proposed draft rule at it’s Dec. 5 Commission meeting that would creating saltwater game fish and sport fish designations. Florida does not have an official saltwater game fish or sport fish designation for it’s important recreational fish. The sport fish designation would offer a higher level of protection than game fish by making selected species catch-and-release only. There would be no recreational harvest or commercial harvest, possession or sale of designated sport fish. Species to be included under the game fish or sport fish designations will not be decided at the February Commission meeting. The Commission is considering the rules to highlight and protect some of Florida’s premier recreational fish. They hope the changes would not only lead to a healthier fish population, it will help market Florida as a world-class fishing destination.