FWC holding cobia workshop Monday

Special to The Log

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting five public workshops and an online webinar to gather public input on the Gulf cobia fishery.

The FWC staff has heard concerns about cobia in recent years, especially in the panhandle area of the state. Cobia is currently open year-round and has a minimum size limit of 33 inches fork length and a daily bag limit of one fish per person from state waters with a maximum of six fish per vessel.

The FWC has already hosted two workshops, one in Tallahassee on May 16 and Pensacola on May 18.

Destin anglers will get a chance to voice their opinions on Monday. The FWC will host their third workshop from 6-8 p.m. at the Destin Community Center, located at 101 Stahlman Ave.

The next workshop will be held on May 23 in Panama City at Gulf Coast State College in Room 124 and the final workshop is slated for May 25 in St. Petersburg at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

If you can’t make any of the workshops, there will be a statewide webinar on May 24 from 6-8 p.m. EST. Learn more about how to participate at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Webinar Instructions.”

The FWC is also accepting public input on the status of the Atlantic coast cobia fishery and additional feedback opportunities may follow.

Written comments on cobia and other topics can be submitted at MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments. For online comments on cobia to be considered at the July 10-11 commission meeting, submit them no later than June 15.

This article was provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.