• Florida Keys Commercial
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How We’re Helping

 The Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association (FKCFA) and our members are confident about the future of Monroe County’s marine resources and our industry continues to participate in cooperative research efforts to maintain and improve them. From a management perspective, we can assure the public that the county has a growing and sustainable seafood industry.

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 The commercial fleet supports over 1,600 families, which is close to 5 percent of the county’s population. Stock Island alone lands 7 million pounds with a dockside value of $24 million — that’s 5 percent of Florida’s total landings and 13 percent of total value. Our organization’s members are the future policy shapers for the industry.

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.

FKCFA ACCOMPLISHMENTS

COUNTY STATE & FEDERAL

Improved relations with South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, FWC, NOAA and both State and Federal Congressional Representatives
Increased Media Coverage of Commercial Fishing Industry
Increased awareness of Commercial Fishing value to Monroe County & State of Florida
Testified to House Natural Resources Committee on Catch Shares
Bill Kelly, presented, “Annual Catch Limits – Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries – 3”, Washington, DC, May 2013

ENVIRONMENTAL

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Spiny Lobster Amendment 11 – 60 new coral protection sites
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claim - $18,000 to FKCFA – 2017

HURRICANES

UFL- Hurricane Irma Cleanup Grant, Marquesas & Woman Key, $74,000, June 2018
FWC- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Hurricane Irma Cleanup Grant, Hawk’s Cay & Duck Key, $130,000, March 2018
FWC- Hurricane Irma extended post season trap retrieval by 10 days, 2018
FWC - Hurricane Irma permitted multiple parties to retrieve lost gear, 2018
Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK), $44,650 Relief Grant, February 2018
FWC - Hurricane Irma waiver of lobster trap tag fees for 2018-19 season, $473,500
Sea Grant rapid assessment flyovers, $36,900, September 2017
Coordinated and completed Hurricane Wilma cleanup, 2011, $4M

KING MACKEREL

King Mackerel Gillnet Fishery – Increase in trip limits to 45,000 lbs., 2017
King Mackerel Gillnet Fishery – Transit authority to any Florida port, 2017

LEGAL & REGULATORY

Joint Law Enforcement effort on trap robbing and resource violations, 2014
Increased Penalties for trap robbing, 2013
Increased Penalties for possession of wrung tails and out-of-season harvest, 2014
Increased Penalties for deployment of traps with no tags
Purchased Gear for Law Enforcement, 2011
Law Enforcement and State Attorney’s Office special recognition for convictions and prosecutions

LEGISLATIVE

Biscayne National Park – HR 3310, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to prevent large scale closures – passed
Biscayne National Park – GMP House Natural Resources Hearing, Homestead, FL – park superintendent reassigned 2016-17, management plan put on hold
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary–GMP–following investigation, senior management reassigned 2016-17, management plan put on hold

RULES & REGULATIONS

FWC –Increased soak time for Spiny Lobster Fishery – First Saturday following the two-day Mini Season – July 2018
FWC – Approval of retention of live lobster post season – March 2017
FWC – ‘C’ and ‘X’ numbers transferable – 2017
Dual Saltwater Products Licenses (SPL) permitted per vessel – 2017
Trap Rope Marking Requirement rejected by NOAA, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management and South Atlantic Fishery
Management Councils – industry-wide savings $12m

YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER

Yellowtail Snapper – 433,000 lb. quota increase in South Atlantic, 2014
Yellowtail Snapper – Avoided commercial closure in 2013
Yellowtail Snapper – Change of fishing year to August 1 thru July 31 – 2016
Yellowtail Snapper – Use of J-hooks approved for commercial fishermen

Useful Information

About our Association

If you fish these waters; if your family depends on sustainable fisheries for your livelihood; if you want a voice in local, state and federal regulations then you need to be a member. It’s affordable and offers many valuable perks.

Seafood Festival!

Always held Martin Luther King weekend at Bayfview Park in Key West, this family-friendly event showcases local seafood and the Keys’ commercial fishing industry by providing the freshest seafood available. Each year our fishermen and women are proud to offer the community a variety of seafood at reasonable prices along with celebrity chef demonstrations, hands-on eco activities, a boat show and live entertainment all day long

Scholarships

Every year the Association awards thousands of dollars for college bound students from Key Largo to Key West.
Scholarship applications are available at all Monroe County Public High Schools by Febuary 1st of each calendar year. Check with your career counselor or download a copy here.

Cookbook

Now in our 6th Edition “Ocean Flavors and More!” boasts over 515 recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. You will find it chocked full of fresh seafood recipes and family favorites that have been passed down for generations with many Bahamian influences and flavors reflecting the cultural heritage of many early Keys settlers.

All the proceeds from the sale of this cookbook benefit our Scholarship Fund and graduating seniors from Key Largo to Key West. Help further a child’s education and buy one today.

Lobster/Stone Crab

Coming to the Florida Keys? Want to know more about catching Stone Crabs and Lobster? Check our resources here.

Stop Marine Crime

Industry crime watch and anonymous reporting
Anyone with any information regarding the illegal harvest of spiny lobster or stone crab claws by any means or any other illegal marine activities or theft is encouraged to report their observations.
You do not have to disclose your name and your anonymity will be completely protected. The information you provide will be communicated to law enforcement for immediate review and action.
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Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association

6363 Overseas Highway, Suite #4 Marathon, FL. 33050

(305) 619-0039

Captain Bill Kelly Executive Director

email: fkcfa1@hotmail.com

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