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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”

Fishing Survey for NEW Florida Bass Management Plan

Dear Florida Angler,

Whether you are an occasional angler or an avid, whether you fish with a cane pole in your back yard or traveling to Florida “The Fishing Capital of the World” from afar, or if you have a business that depends on quality sportfishing–we want your opinion. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is developing a “Long-Term Black Bass Management Plan” and is interested in your input.

The following links provide some introductory material that you may want to review prior to taking this survey, but it is not critical that you do so. We mostly need your opinions to help ensure that we create a plan that addresses everyone’s concerns.

Background article published by Fish Busters’
First-Draft Black Bass Management Plan.
PowerPoint presentation (PDF 3 mb), first given October 2009 to the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition.
To take the survey click HERE.

Thank you for participating,

Darrell Scovell, Director

Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management

Florida's NEW Bass Management Plan

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.

What Is A Fishery Issue?

The post title omits the term, “Freshwater” because at this point I am sure you understand that fishery issues are discussed in the context of non-saltwater bodies.

For the sake of future ease of reference, allow me orthographical license to abbreviate an idea and a title with one acronym. Instead of refering to “bodies of freshwater” continually and combining the additional subject of “issues” to it, let’s reverse the first subject to “Freshwater Bodies” and add the second subject “Issues” to result in something easy to remember, “FBI“.

FBI’s are first created when people become involved with freshwater bodies in all the varities of ways they have interests in. Eventually when enough people are using them without the proper safeguards in place and proper implementation, the nature and state starts to change for the worse and responsible action is required to maintain an optimum level of health.

Herein lies the challenge which was first addressed by Florida’s people about a century ago. Without presenting a complete history of freshwater management in Florida, let’s start with the federal, state, and county agencies as they are today, in place and operating under the current State Statues the lawmakers put in place.

The people interested in FBs vary greatly in those interests, however many of the issues are shared in common within that diversity. It is this common ground that many FB users hope to build relationship upon in order to stand and be heard as one unified voice in the ears of the legislature.

A coalition is essentially a partnership centered on one or more reasons, efforts, and causes, that ulitimately have the same shared goal which all parties have a stake in.

Therefore their “issues” are defined as problems or deficiencies with the current plan, policy, and laws, that does not have an adequate or correct result as they veiw it. The end result is that people who expect to benefit from the lake management agencies plans and work, in the end do not, but instead suffer decline in the level of ability to enjoy their FB, thus an FBI is created and the need for responsible action arises on the part of the people involved.

The only way we can know what our issues are is for each one of us to sit down together in order to compare our information and understanding of situations we find unacceptable within the federal, state, and county management agencies’ end results and proposed future plans.

We hope you’ll partner with us so that we will work to define our issues correctly and form a plan by which those FBIs will ultimately become tomorrow’s optimum FB management plan, legislation, law and policy.