Click on any Recommended Management Action (RMA) below to see the full titles and supporting information. Each RMA has 3 accompanying documents:

  • RMA Brief: The most concise version of the RMA which includes the title, main objective, and some background information. This is the “Reader’s Digest Version”.
  • Final RMA: This is the final RMA as developed by the working groups based on information in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 worksheets as well as technical and community feedback.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Information Worksheets: The original information-gathering documents used by the Community Working Group (CWG) members to develop their Recommended Management Actions (RMAs). These raw source documents aided CWG members in collecting data, information, and feedback about their RMAs. Please note that these documents may include information that is no longer pertinent to the current form of the RMA as they have evolved.
N-7: Offer an Online Exam to Receive a Discount on Fishing Licenses
Offer an online exam to receive a discount on fishing licenses (create an incentive-based program).


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N-25: Strengthen Penalties for Reef-Related Violations
Strengthen penalties and fines for non-compliance of reef-related regulations to discourage illegal activities, and to express that violations will not be tolerated.


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N-27: Establish Co-Management Agreements to Address Staff Capacity Gaps in Enforcement Agencies
Establish co-management agreements with capable and responsible local communities and non-governmental organizations to address staff capacity gaps at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).


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N-35: Implement Conservation Regulation Training for Marine Enforcement Units
Develop and implement a cross-training program for local marine units and beach patrol officers, to improve recognition of conservation regulations, increase law enforcement presence on the water and provide additional enforcement for peak periods to build relationships between agencies and decrease marine-related violations.


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N-36: Raise the Cost of Recreational Lobster Stamps and Dedicate Funds to Species Enforcement
Develop a stakeholder initiative to raise the cost of recreational lobster stamps statewide and dedicate the additional funds for improved species enforcement in the southeast Florida region (including Monroe County).


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N-44: Educate Judiciary on Penalties for Environmental Violation
Educate relevant judges and prosecuting attorneys on the importance of imposing penalties for environmental violations that are severe enough to prevent future violations.


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S-92: Protect Reefs from Anchor Damage During Beach and Coastal Events
Protect reefs from anchor damage during beach and coastal events (i.e. festivals, air shows, etc.).


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S-95: Perform a Study to Determine how to Improve Law Enforcement Management
Perform a comprehensive study to determine how to improve law enforcement efficiency to match assets and personnel to public needs to increase efficiency and improve employee retention.


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S-98: Simplify FWC Regulations Regarding Catch Limits
Simplify Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rules and regulations to reduce complexity (fish sizes fork length versus overall – snapper one size, grouper one size, and pelagic) to make rules simpler and standardize catch size limits for important species with similar life histories and appearance to make it easier to enforce regulations and catch within limits.


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S-99: Increase the Number of FWC Enforcement Officers
Increase number of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) enforcement officers; funding for enforcement; recruitment and retention of on water officers to improve enforcement for better protection of resources.


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S-125: Request that FWC Better Define the Word “Take”
Request Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to make a rule change in the marine life rule to better define “take” (take, touch, anchor on, or damage in any way) to improve enforcement of the Coral Reef Protection Act.


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