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Technical Assistance Group (TAG) meeting for the development of the Black Bass Management Plan

Hello Stakeholders

Letting you know the first Technical Assistance Group (TAG) meeting for the development of the Florida’s Black Bass Management Plan will be on June 15th at the Bass Conservation Center near Brooksville, Fl.

We have assembled a great group of stakeholders, with lots of diversity consisting of several Professional Anglers, Marina Owners, Outdoor Writers, Bass Club Representatives , Conservationist and Tourist specialist.

This particular meeting is closed to additional (TAG) members, but is open to the public. This is why we have provided notice giving you ample time to send in your suggestions to the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition on what you would like or not like to see in the new black bass management plan. The plan is ours to design, let’s build it together for the future!

Please send all comment regarding the Black Bass Management Plan to bassplan@flffc.org

Thanks once again to all of our  conservation and recreation advocate partners!

“We are standing together to protect our fisheries”

Lake Trafford stocked with 150,000 bass from FWC

April 21, 2010
Contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will stock 150,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in Lake Trafford, the largest lake south of Lake Okeechobee.  The 1,500-acre freshwater lake is an important resource for boating, fishing and wildlife-viewing.

Over the past few years, the lake has been the focus of a multimillion-dollar, multi-agency restoration project.  So far, participants have dredged the lake of 8 million cubic yards of muck that, in the past, triggered algal blooms and fish kills.  To date, the FWC has contributed over $3 million for dredging and re-vegetation of Lake Trafford.  Dredging could be complete by 2011.

As part of the restoration, the FWC will restock the lake with native largemouth bass on Thursday, April 22.  The agency will stock an additional 50,000 advanced fingerlings about four weeks from now. These fingerlings are from the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Richloam.

“We are working to re-establish a self-sustaining, healthy fish population in the lake,” said FWC freshwater fisheries administrator Barron Moody. “We anticipate that this stocking, and a similar effort planned for next year, will bring about the return of largemouth bass fishing to the lake.”

An 18-inch-minimum-length regulation for largemouth bass specific to Lake Trafford is in effect in anticipation of these stockings and to protect the fish from premature harvest.  For complete freshwater fishing regulations, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing.

Fishing license sales help pay for stocking and other bass conservation efforts. Currently, the FWC is offering freshwater anglers a special value-added bonus package when they upgrade to a five-year or lifetime freshwater fishing license.  For details, visit MyFWC.com/License.

In addition, the FWC is seeking angler input on the proposed draft Black Bass Management Plan. To learn more and complete a survey, go to MyFWC.com/BassPlan_Survey.

Who Are The Partners?

There are two types of partners in this coalition; Voting and Non-Voting Partners.

A Non-Voting Partner is an individual who is a licensed Florida angler that takes an active interest in the Mission and Purpose of FLFFC Inc. and is willing to consider joining one or more of the Coalition Partner Organizations of their choosing.

There is no coalition membership fee required, however we ask that you provide your name, address, phone and email address, along with a brief statement regarding Florida Freshwater Fishing Issues that you are concerned with.

Since we are primarily a coalition of organizations partnered together by “Issues”, it is essential for us to understand your freshwater fishery concerns and interests, and to introduce you to each one of our partner organizations so that you are able to make the best choice to address your needs.

We look forward to having a relationship with you through one or more of our partner organization’s memberships. The memberships of our partners is the strength of our coalition and the driving force that motivates us to work on your behalf.

A Voting Partner is any type of organization that has a supportive interest in Florida’s Freshwater Fisheries and then the board chooses one of three partnership-level options for their representative to participate within the coalition process.

The types of organizations who are interested in Florida’s various types of bodies of freshwater are many;

  1. Anglers of every type of fish in Florida–“The Fishing Capitol of the World”.
  2. Artists of all types, capturing freshwater places in time for all generations.
  3. Boaters of all types enjoying bodies of freshwater in a varieties of ways.
  4. Conservationist working to preserve bodies of freshwater for all.
  5. Educators teaching students about freshwater body environments.
  6. Hikers that prefer the freshwater-body perspective from dry land.
  7. Hunters of wildlife which thrive in and around bodies of freshwater.
  8. Lodging Industry, providing for all involved in lakes, rivers, etc.
  9. Outdoor Activities Industry provides the ways of enjoying bodies of freshwater.
  10. Photographers of freshwater fish, wildlife, and people, – framing the moment.
  11. Scientists research and explore the riches of freshwater environments.
  12. Underwater Divers enjoy the “Fishes’ Eye View” in the bodies of freshwater.

This is a partial list of the organization-types that have key interests in Florida’s bodies of freshwater. Many of them have similar challenges and issues and would therefore benefit from partnerships centered around those important issues.

The FLFFC provides a platform upon which organizations can form a “directory” of freshwater fishery issues and identities. Within this directory a partnership-process system provides participants with an exhaustive issues-vetting procedure which produces the broadest organizational support possible and thereby a greater possibility of success in the State Legislature in respect to the issue at hand.

So if you’re involved with an organization that is in some way connected to freshwater fisheries management directly (as in lake habitat management organizations or groups) or indirectly (as in recreational lake-user groups or associations)  or you are just a concerned citizen desiring to take part in the freshwater fishery users uniting within a statewide coalition,  please take the time to review our website and register. Post your comments and contact us with any thoughts and questions you might have.

We hope to hear from you

Newly Formed: Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition

March 10th marked the start of a historic change in Florida’s Freshwater Industry – the initiation of an organizational coalition platform upon which partnerships across the broad specturm of state fishery interests are united and empowered.

The Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition held their inaugural meeting at the Bass Pro Shops store in Orlando, Florida.

The Tuesday 9am-5pm meeting featured guest speaker Darrell Scovel, the Director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management within the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC).  

The Issues-Topic Presentation:  “Florida’s Fisheries Funding Sources and Spending

Also scheduled:  The FLFFC founders discussed, partnerships & issues management, the organizational structure, and the formation of the 2009-2010 agenda.

The immediate progress – organization business plan, coalition-engine mechanism, marketing strategies, and incorporation development schedule.

The established purpose – to provide a coalition-vehicle through which representation of freshwaterbody-users rights are voiced before the various levels of the Florida government.

All are invited to partner with us in this most important, essential, coalition organization.