New recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda go into effect Nov. 1 for state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only.
The new limits include:
Two fish per person daily recreational and commercial bag limit.
Six fish per vessel daily recreational and commercial limit.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved these new management measures at its Sept. 3 meeting in Fort Lauderdale after hearing stakeholder concerns about declining barracuda numbers observed when fishing and diving in southeast Florida and the Florida Keys. FWC staff gathered public input from stakeholders at workshops conducted earlier this year. The FWC is responding to concerns by creating bag limits to prevent further declines and conserve barracuda in the region. Further workshops on barracuda conservation measures are planned for early 2016.