Share input on the future management of blackfin tuna in Fort Lauderdale

Key West angler with a stout blackfin caught in winter. These fish commonly weigh 20 pounds or more. The world record, 49 pounds, 6 ounces, was caught off Marathon in April 2006.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is 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):

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.

Previous workshops were held in Destin, St. Petersburg, Stuart and New Smyrna Beach.

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