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FLASH Resolutions has been asked to assist the newly formed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Snook Workgroup.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came into existence on July 1, 1999, the creation of a constitutional amendment approved in the 1998 General Election as part of the package proposed by the Constitutional Revision Commission.
In the implementation of the Constitutional Amendment, the Florida Legislature combined all of the staff and commissioners of the former Marine Fisheries Commission, elements of the Divisions of Marine Resources and Law Enforcement of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and all of the employees and Commissioners of the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
The Mission of the agency is Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. The agency has 1,867 full-time employees.
The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate to five-year terms. There are currently seven commissioners who are to exercise the “...regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life, except that all license fees and penalties for violating regulations shall be as provided by law.” The constitution further requires that “The Commission’s exercise of executive powers in the area of planning, budgeting, personnel management and purchasing shall be as provided by law.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has invited 22 people representing the snook fishery to take part in the Snook Workgroup. The goal of the workgroup is to advise FWC staff on a management strategy for the future of the snook fishery and discuss potential management options for accomplishing that goal. These recommendations will be brought before the Commission for rulemaking consideration.
This group is comprised of Coastal Conservation Association, Florida Guides Association, West Palm Beach Fishing Club, outdoor writers, a shore-based angler, non-affiliated anglers, the Snook Foundation, Mote Marine Lab, tournament directors, and International Game Fish Association.
Janice M. Fleischer, J.D., d/b/a FLASH Resolutions will be designing the agendas and facilitating the meetings for the FWC Snook Workgroup.
All Workgroup documents, Reports of Proceedings and exhibits can be found on the FWC Website address: http://myfwc.com/marine/workgroups/