Following their meeting in May, commissioners with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have approved rule changes to two fish management areas (FMA) in the Fishing Capital of the World — including the addition of a new area for fishermen and women to enjoy.
The coming rule changes will officially establish Doral Glades Park in Miami-Dade County as a new fish management area. The park, owned by the City of Doral, contains a pond that stretches across seven acres of Sunshine State landscape. Doral Glades Park's waterscape will also provide a new kayak launch alongside shore-based fishing opportunities.
"These community-based fishing areas provide valuable recreational fishing opportunities, often shore-based fishing, to urban and suburban areas where fishing opportunities can be limited." the FWC said in a release.
According to the FWC, this rule change will also remove Lang Lake as an FMA in Hamilton County following a request from the landowner. They say the landowner will provide additional fishing access at a nearby site instead, Nutrien-White Springs, also known as Bee Haven Bay.
To date, the FWC has reportedly established approximately 80 FMAs across the Sunshine State to create community-based fishing opportunities for visitors and residents, often through establishing partnerships. Approximately 400,000 fish each year are provided by FWC's Division of Freshwater Fishers Management to stock these fisheries.
The Commission keeps these freshwater fishing hubs maintained for the public through a variety of fishery management actions, including habitat enhancement, establishment of specific regulations, as well as access improvements and stocking.
To find an FMA to cast your next line near you, visit the Fish Management Areas webpage here. You can also find more information about freshwater fishing on the FWC Freshwater Fishing page here.
Article by Rachael Volpe