New Cobia Regulations Announced for Florida

Revisions include reduced daily bag limits for commercial and recreational fishermen.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing more to protect Gulf cobia. Changes include per-day-bag-limit reductions for anglers and vessels. Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the approval of several changes to the management of cobia in Gulf of Mexico state waters, including a reduction of per-day bag limits for commercial and recreational anglers and boats.

The changes, which were finalized at the group’s December meeting and go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, include reducing the commercial bag limits for cobia in Gulf state waters. The commercial limit, currently two per person, will drop to one per person, the same as the recreational limit. Also being reduced is the recreational and commercial vessel limit for cobia, from six to two per day in Gulf state waters. The third major change is the creation of a Gulf/Atlantic management boundary, which defines all waters north of the Monroe-Collier county line as Gulf state waters.

The current 33-inch minimum size limit will not change.


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