These measurement methods provide a consistent, well defined measurement technique. These methods encourage angler compliance with fishery management regulations.
At the present time most of the regulated species in Florida are measured by either a total length or fork length method. The method chosen depends on the shape of the tail and primarily on the consistency with federal regulations. Consistency with federal regulations is very important for the enforcement of state and federal size limits.
If you have further questions please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.
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