Bass: It's what's for dinner? New Florida law allows it to be farm-raised, sold in markets

Article Posted on October 8, 2021

Coming soon to your neighborhood seafood market: farm-raised Florida largemouth bass. Thanks to a law passed this spring, bass will expand its popularity from a favorite fishing target to the seafood sales list in the Sunshine State. 

At face value, the issue seems simple. Allow a popular well-known species of fish to be farmed and sold in Florida — two things that have not been allowed for decades. 

However, when Florida politics collide with fish management policy, nothing is easy. That was apparent Thursday during a presentation at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting in St. Augustine. 

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