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Florida Keys Keynoter – Saturday, September 03, 2011 10:45 AM

Anglers can catch more sea trout but need to kill fewer sharks, state fishery managers will recommend at this week’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting in Naples.

The state regulatory board also begins reviewing a budget for the next fiscal year that proposes to institute a 10 percent cut ordered by the Florida Legislature.

Possible cuts include the possible elimination of 130 agency law-enforcement officers statewide to save about $7 million, and cutting the lobster and crab trap-retrieval program by $128,400.

Overall, FWC administrators outlined $18.1 million in potential cuts to the agency that manages, regulates and enforces rules for fishing and hunting. Read the full article