FWC to hold public hearings about blackfin tuna fishing regulations

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TALLAHASSEE Fla. (WKRG)- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be holding a series of upcoming public hearings to discuss blackfin tuna fishing regulations. 

A representative with the commission tells News 13 it decided to hold the hearings after receiving public feedback from people asking for tighter regulations. 

The current regulations allow for 100 pounds of blackfin tuna to be caught per day, or two fish. This is within state waters which is the first nine nautical miles from shore. 

It also says there’s the possibility regulations could extend to federal waters. 

The following is an unedited press release from the commission released Thursday morning:

Share your input with @MyFWC on state management of blackfin #tuna: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/23a2480 #Florida #fishing 

Share input on the future management of blackfin tuna.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be gathering public input on the future management of blackfin tuna. Share your input by attending a workshop near you. 

Blackfin tuna are currently regulated by Florida’s default recreational bag limit of 100 pounds or two fish per day, whichever is greater, in state waters. There are no regulations for blackfin tuna in federal waters. Future changes could mean management and regulations that are more tailored for this species.

Upcoming dates and locations for the meetings are as follows (all meetings start at 6 p.m. local time):

April 8 Destin: Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave. 

April 16 St. Petersburg: Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium, 100 Eighth Ave. SE 

April 17 Stuart: City Commission Chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave. 

April 18 New Smyrna Beach: Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive.  

May 6 Fort Lauderdale: Keiser University, Room #402B, 1500 NW 49th St. 

May 7 Key West: Harvey Government Center, Board of County Commissioners room, 1200 Truman Ave. 

May 8 Islamorada: Founders Park Community Center, 87000 Overseas Highway

If you cannot attend a workshop, you can also view a video of the presentation online (coming soon) and provide comments on this to FWC at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments

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