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FWC discusses sheepshead, tripletail and cobia management

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or

At its July meeting in Orlando, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed several draft changes to the management of sheepshead, tripletail and cobia. The Commission did not take action on draft changes to sheepshead and tripletail in order to give staff time to gather more input from commercial and recreational stakeholders on potential changes. These two fisheries will be brought back as a draft proposal at a future Commission meeting.

Cobia draft changes were approved and will be brought back before the Commission at the September meeting for a final public hearing. These changes are based on species biology, input from stakeholders, and will promote the continued sustainable management of this fishery.


Draft rule changes for cobia to be brought back before the Commission in September for a final public hearing include:

To comment on these proposals, visit or email

For more information on these discussions or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit and select “Commission Meetings” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”

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