Florida’s Fish & Water Conservation Commission is expected to approve a controversial food handler license Thursday that critics say will restrict Florida’s ability to manage and protect its wild salmon population.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council is expected on Thursday to approve the license, which was issued by the state’s Department of Health in 2014.
The agency’s previous food handlers licenses were invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, and its current food handlers permit expires June 30.
The proposed new license would give the Department of Agriculture authority to impose restrictions on how the state can manage wild salmon in the Everglades.
The new license is expected by the end of next week, though it is unclear how quickly it will be approved.
The council voted 7-2 last year to grant the license.
Fish & water commissioners said the proposed food handler would restrict access to fish and wildlife for Florida’s commercial fishermen.
“There is nothing that would prevent a commercial fisherman from coming in to harvest salmon, which are a critical part of our food chain,” said Fish &water Commissioner Robert Richey.
The Food & Agriculture Act, passed by Congress in 1990, allows the U