Blue Crab Workshops Scheduled In Florida

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Blue Crab Workshops Scheduled In FloridaThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has scheduled a series of public workshops to receive comments regarding a possible closed harvest season for blue crabs.

The FWC is looking at ways to create a closed blue crab harvest season so lost and abandoned traps can be collected and removed from Florida’s coastal waters.  The primary option under consideration would establish three regional blue crab harvest closures across the state for a period of up to 10 days.

The FWC encourages interested persons to participate in the workshops, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. as follows:

Monday, Aug. 25
Center for Marine Studies
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine

 Tuesday, Aug. 26
Brevard County Government Complex
The Brevard Room
518 S. Palm Ave.

 Wednesday, Aug. 27
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
261 7th St.

 Wednesday, Aug. 27
Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex
2295 Victoria Ave.
Ft. Myers

 Thursday, Aug. 28
City Council Chambers
123 NW Highway 19
Crystal River

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the workshops should advise the FWC at least five days prior to the workshop by calling 850-488-6411.  If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

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