Snook harvest is still prohibited
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that the harvest season for snook
in Gulf of Mexico, Everglades National Park and Monroe County
waters, which usually begins on March 1, will not be open this
year. The FWC issued an executive order on Jan. 15 that
temporarily extends closed harvest seasons for snook statewide
until Sept. 1 to protect snook populations affected by recent
prolonged cold weather in Florida.
The order, which took effect on Jan. 16, provides
that no person may harvest or possess snook in all state and
federal waters off Florida until September. Anglers may still
catch and release snook during the closure, and the FWC encourages
everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure
their survival upon release.
More information regarding the FWC's executive
order for snook is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules, click on
"Fishing - Saltwater."