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Florida FWC to Meet April 17-18 Near Tallahassee

April 10, 2013

Florida FWC to Meet April 17-18 Near Tallahassee

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet April 17-18 to discuss an array of issues, ranging from marine fisheries and upland wildlife management and harvest issues to boating safety, staff reports and enhancing the public’s ability to help control the invasive lionfish.

Sessions start both days at 8:30 a.m. at the Florida Public Safety Institute, 85 Academy Drive, Havana, FL 32333 (www.floridapsi.com). The Institute is located west of the city of Midway on US 90.

The meeting is open to the public, and all interested individuals may speak within guidelines established by the Commission.

Marine issues dominate the first day, after a representative of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida presents the annual Louise Ireland Humphrey Employee of the Year Award to FWC Assistant Executive Director Greg Holder.

When the Commission takes up marine fisheries issues April 17, it will start with a final public hearing on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season. The proposed season would be open June 1 through July 14.

The Commissioners will then discuss a draft rule that proposes format standardization and reorganization for several marine fisheries rules in Florida Administrative Code 68B, as well as the creation of a new General chapter that will include a series of definitions and general regulations that would be applied to all saltwater fishing.

In a draft rule hearing, the Commissioners will discuss a proposal to eliminate the requirement for a recreational fishing license when targeting lionfish with certain gear and to have no recreational or commercial harvest limit. Additionally, the Commission will consider a proposal to make tarpon and bonefish catch-and-release-only species, and review and discuss gear use for tarpon in Boca Grande Pass.

At the request of the Collier County Board of Commissioners, the Commission will also discuss in a draft rule hearing the repeal of two Special Acts of Local Application that prohibit spearing or gigging with artificial light and spearing in state waters off the county shoreline.

The Commission will end the marine fisheries section with a staff update on South Atlantic Fishery Management Council actions and discussions.

On Thursday April 18, Commissioners will welcome a representative of the Shikar-Safari Club International to present the Officer of the Year Award to FWC Officer Bryan Fugate.

Following Executive Director Nick Wiley’s presentation of the Executive Director’s Report, the Commissioners will consider creating a Private Lands Deer Management Permit program that would better meet the needs of landowners and leaseholders, giving them greater flexibility in herd and harvest management while promoting conservation and hunting heritage efforts. This voluntary program would apply to land parcels large enough to implement herd and wildlife management.

Next, Commissioners will consider proposed revisions to gopher tortoise permitting guidelines that are based on stakeholder input and designed to be consistent with the updated Gopher Tortoise Management Plan approved in September 2012. Other proposed improvements to the permitting guidelines include ensuring adequate funding for long-term management of gopher tortoise recipient sites, providing guidelines for capture of tortoises for relocation when using a backhoe, and establishing criteria to suspend, revoke or not renew an authorized gopher tortoise agent permit.

FWC staff will then present draft rules on changes to localized boating-restricted zones in Broward and Pinellas counties.

After staff reports, the public can comment on items not on the agenda. The next regular Commission meeting will be June 11-13 in Lakeland, commencing at 8:30 a.m. each day.

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West Virginia DNR Wildlife Resources Section Files Legislative Rules for Review

August 9, 2012

West Virginia DNR Wildlife Resources Section Files Legislative Rules for Review

The Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has filed legislative rule changes with the Secretary of State’s office, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division’s Wildlife Resources Section. The proposed rules will be open for review and written comment until 10 a.m. August 31, 2012.  The availability of the proposed rules will be advertised in the State Register.  In addition, the proposed rules will be available for review at each DNR district office, the Elkins office and the South Charleston office.  Individuals interested in reviewing the proposed rules should contact the Wildlife Resources Section staff at these offices.

Written comments may be submitted to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief, Wildlife Resources Section, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston, WV  25303.

General Trapping Rule

Minor modification to language relating to the size of foothold traps which can be set under water, and the addition of state forests to those public areas in which a trapping permit is required.

Defining the Terms Used in all Hunting and Trapping

Modifications to this rule include removing language relating to amber, red and green lights for hunting coyotes at night.

Special Waterfowl Hunting Rule

Revisions to this rule include the removal of language pertaining to the management zones for waterfowl, modifying the language pertaining to the definitions of bait and baiting, and modifying the age of the accompanying licensed adult during the youth waterfowl season to make the age requirement consistent with the other youth hunting seasons.

Special Fishing Rule

The proposed rule change represents a clarification in establishing the no use of live minnows in certain waters as established in Series 60.

Special Boating Rules

The proposed rule change represents a change to the boating regulation for Ridenour Lake from no boating allowed to rental boats only.

Deer Hunting Rule

Revisions to this rule include language which addresses the checking requirements for deer relating to the change in the deer daily bag limit to two for all deer seasons, and modification to language which prohibits small game hunting during that portion of the antlerless deer season which coincides with the first three days of the buck firearms season.

Falconry

This rule revises the current legislative rule relating to falconry to be in compliance with recently passed Federal Regulations §50CFR21.

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