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Florida Wildlife Commission Meeting Agenda
February 17-18, 2010

For immediate release: February 9, 2010
(inland issues) Henry Cabbage, 850-488-8843
(marine issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

Agenda, with links to background reports: Go to

February 17-18, 2010
Franklin County Courthouse
Apalachicola, Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will convene its next meeting at the Franklin County Courthouse in Apalachicola Feb. 17-18. The meeting will come to order at 8:30 a.m. both days, with numerous high-profile issues dominating the agenda.

Wednesday’s (Feb. 17) agenda includes an update on the fox or coyote enclosure permit process. The update will brief the Commissioners on the history and results of recent FWC investigations into the operation of enclosures where hunters pursue foxes or coyotes with dogs. Staff will present regulation options for those facilities.

Final action on proposals to revamp deer hunting zones and dates to align them with the rut – the period when hunters have the highest success rate – is on the Wednesday agenda, as well

Commissioners also will consider proposed rules to clarify regulation of nuisance wildlife and nonnative wildlife. In addition, Wednesday’s agenda includes final approval of hunting and fishing regulations on public lands and creating a special two-day youth turkey hunt for supervised children, under age 16.

Also on Wednesday, Commissioners will hear a staff progress report and legislative updates on reptiles of concern. The Commission will consider a draft rule furthering efforts with reptiles of concern. The draft rule extends amnesty for turning over reptiles of concern to licensed individuals and incorporates changes to the permanent identification of the animals.

In addition, Commissioners will consider a series of captive wildlife draft rules regarding hobbyists, Critical Incident/Disaster plans, and required labeling of all wildlife shipments. Staff also will present a draft rule updating the process by which counties notify the FWC regarding local zoning and building codes for proposed facilities housing Class I or Class II wildlife.

Thursday’s agenda will include a staff report regarding several technical problems in the FWC’s licensing system. Commissioners will consider options to improve customer service.

Another staff report will focus on an initiative to establish youth conservation centers around the state to offer children opportunities to connect with hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.

Also on Thursday, the Commission will hold final public hearings on proposed rules that would prohibit all harvest of lemon sharks from Florida waters and extend the expiration date of the moratorium on new spiny lobster commercial dive permits from July 1, 2010, until July 1, 2015.

In addition, Commissioners will consider a proposed draft rule that would include all species of bonefish found in Florida in FWC’s bonefish management rules, extend Florida bonefish regulations into adjacent federal waters, and require that bonefish be landed in a whole condition.

The FWC will also consider a proposed draft rule that would:

  • apply Florida’s weakfish management rules only in state waters of Nassau and Duval counties north of the Buckman Bridge on the St. Johns River;
  • provide that all weakfish-like fish (including weakfish, sand seatrout, and their hybrids) would be considered weakfish in this management area;
  • reduce the daily recreational bag limit for weakfish from four fish to one fish; and
  • establish a commercial weakfish harvest limit of 100 pounds per vessel per day or trip, whichever is longer, in the weakfish management area.

  • Another proposed draft rule for Commission consideration would:

  • allow all ballyhoo endorsement holders to sell their endorsement to other commercial fishers from July 1 to March 31 each year,
  • limit any one entity from holding more than two ballyhoo endorsements at any one time,
  • prohibit leasing of the endorsement, and
  • allow only one endorsement per saltwater products license and one saltwater products license to be associated with a single endorsement.

  • In other marine fisheries action, the Commission will review and discuss Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean red snapper and other federal fishery management issues.

    Florida Wildlife Commission Meeting Agenda
    February 17-18, 2010

    Florida Wildlife Commission Meeting,
    February 17-18, 2010, AGENDA
    "Changes to Deer Management Zones and Seasons."

    Franklin County Courthouse
    33 Market Street
    Apalachicola, Florida 32320

    This meeting is open to the public

    A major item for final Commission action includes "Changes to Deer Management Zones and Seasons."

    Go to the February 17-18, 2010, AGENDA for details regarding this and other important topics regarding the future of hunting in Florida.

    All interested individuals may speak at workshops or meetings of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) within the guidelines established by the Commission. To ensure the public's opportunity to be heard and the orderly conduct of the meeting, the Chairman reserves the right to establish a time for adjournment of the workshop or meeting, to limit the time for speakers, and to limit the time allotted for specific agenda items.

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting should notify the agency at least five calendar days before the meeting by calling 850-488-6411. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (Voice).

    Agenda items listed under headings other than "Rules" may be moved by the Chairman to different days of the meeting to accommodate scheduling problems.

    The meeting may include fact-finding field trips to Commission-managed areas or facilities; or to other areas to learn about management, and enforcement activities.

    If any person decides to challenge any decision with respect to any matter considered at the above meeting, he will need a record of the proceedings. For this purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes testimony and evidence upon which the challenge is based.

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