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                  Marine Fisheries Management

                  The Division of Marine Fisheries Management develops regulatory and management recommendations for consideration by FWC Commissioners designed to ensure the long-term conservation of Florida's valuable marine fisheries resources.

                  Division staff serve as a liaison to a number of federal agencies on marine issues and represent the state on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

                  Division activities include:

                  • Recreational and commercial marine fisheries outreach and education programs.
                  • Facilitating artificial reef development and deployment.
                  • Preparation of fishery strategic plans.
                  • Issuance of special activities licenses.
                  • Conducting wholesale fish dealer audits.
                  • Assisting trap-retrieval?efforts.

                  The division director is Jessica McCawley.