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FWC approves fishing regulations at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a rule
to modify fishing regulations at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.
Starting Oct. 1, 2023, the following changes will be in effect:
-Anglers must have proof of completing the annual education requirement.
-The use of the following gear from Nov. 15 – March 15 each year is prohibited:
-Fishing rigs with more than one hook attached (e.g., sabiki rig, chicken rig, topwater plug).
-Any multiple hook (e.g., treble hook).
-Anglers are limited to use of no more than two sets of hook-and-line fishing gear
(e.g., rods or handlines).
The FWC will monitor the effectiveness of these regulations and return to the Commission with an
update and recommendations for potential future action two years after implementation.
This rule is designed to reduce the likelihood and severity of seabird entanglement and further seabird
conservation while allowing the tradition of fishing to continue at this location.
“This is a great beginning to resolve this issue for both anglers and bird conservationists,” said FWC
Chairman Rodney Barreto. “We look forward to hearing an update from staff on the effectiveness
of this rule at Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.”
For more information about Commission Meetings, including the July 2023 Commission Meeting
presentation, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”
QUESTIONS? Contact the FWC STAY CONNECTED:
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission ·
620 S. Meridian Street ·
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 ·