Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Swordfish Management Pays Off



Swordfish management is a success story. Overfished in the 1980s and ’90s, the swordfish stock has since been fully rebuilt, thanks to domestic and international conservation measures.

Recently, NOAA Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Division created a new open-access commercial swordfish fishery in federal waters to provide additional commercial swordfish harvest opportunities using gears that minimize bycatch.

The FWC approved several changes to state rules recently, many of which will allow fishermen who participate in this new commercial fishery to land and sell their catch in Florida. Recently adopted changes went into effect Feb. 13.

Learn more about swordfish and other highly migratory species by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Highly Migratory Species.”


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