Panama City crayfish changes on hold
December 12, 2007
The Panama City crayfish
will remain a species of concern while the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission works to simplify the guidelines to reclassifying
gAn imperiled species
listing process should be designed in a way that it is easy for the public to
understand,h Kipp Frohlich, head of the statefs Imperiled Species Management
Section, said after a Dec. 5 meeting. gA listing process should not be a source
of confusion or divisiveness.h
Commissioners approved a
new manatee management plan at that meeting but deferred its reclassification
from endangered to threatened. That deferment also postponed the
reclassification of the Panama City crayfish from a species of special concern
David Cook, an FWC
invertebrate specialist, said in an e-mail the crayfishfs species of special
concern regulations will stay in place during the research period, including
prohibitions against killing or harassing the animals.
gThe bottom line,h Cook
said Tuesday, gis the listing process is to be revisited. Staff was directed to
come up with some alternatives and present those to the commissioners.h
He said he wasnft at the
Dec. 5 meeting and doesnft know specifics regarding the commissionfs concerns or
what staff members were directed to do.
gThere will be meetings
held to try to determine exactly what our marching orders are,h he said.
The proposed crayfish
management plan, which would restrict land uses in an 81-squaremile area of the
county, has drawn the ire of some local developers. Several municipalities have
passed resolutions asking the FWC to hold off on changes.