Florida Fish and Wildlife Approves New Regulations for Spot and Atlantic Croaker on Atlantic Coast

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daily recreational bag limit of 50 fish per person for each species

(FWC) – At its October meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the creation of new regulations for spot and Atlantic croaker in state waters from the Florida-Georgia border through Miami-Dade County.

The following changes for the Atlantic coast of Florida will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022:

■ Establishing a daily recreational bag limit of 50 fish per person for each species.

■ Establishing the following commercial vessel limits:
• Spot: 2,200 pounds.
• Atlantic croaker: 1,200 pounds.

There have been recent coastwide declines in abundance and harvest of spot and Atlantic croaker. The approved changes are part of a coastwide, multi-state conservation strategy for Atlantic stocks of these species.

The Atlantic croaker is a species of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the family Sciaenidae and is closely related to the black drum, the silver perch, the spot croaker, the red drum, the spotted seatrout and the weakfish.

It is commonly found in sounds and estuaries from Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico and is native to coastal waters in the western Atlantic Ocean.

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