State proposes changes to cobia fishing regulations

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Staff reports

At its July meeting in Orlando, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed several potential changes to the management of sheepshead, tripletail and cobia.

The Commission did not take action on changes to sheepshead and tripletail management in order to give staff time to gather more input from commercial and recreational stakeholders on potential changes. These matters will be brought back to the commission as a draft proposal at a future meeting.

However, cobia changes were approved and will be presented to the Commission at its September meeting for a final public hearing.

The proposed changes are based on species biology, input from stakeholders, and will promote the continued sustainable management of cobia and include:

– Creating a Gulf/Atlantic management boundary defining all state waters north of the Monroe-Collier county line as “Gulf state waters” for purposes of managing cobia

– Increasing the minimum size limit in Gulf state waters from 33 to 38 inches fork length

– Making the recreational and commercial bag limits in Gulf state waters the same by reducing the commercial trip limit from two to one fish per person

– Reducing the recreational and commercial vessel limit in Gulf state waters from six to two per vessel per day

To comment on these proposals, visit or email

For more information on related discussions or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit and select “Commission Meetings” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”