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Gulf red snapper sport season closes July 24

News Release

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Media contact: Martha Bademan, 850-487-0554

The recreational harvest season for red snapper in all waters of the Gulf of Mexico off Florida closes on July 24.  This closure was established to limit the harvest of red snapper in the Gulf and help rebuild overfished stocks so anglers can enjoy better red snapper fishing in the future.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission increased its data collection efforts during this year's open season to estimate how many red snapper anglers in the Gulf took.  If this information shows catch levels were less than this year's established recreational Gulf red snapper harvest quota due to fishing closures caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it may be possible to reopen the recreational Gulf red snapper season this fall.

Updated information about red snapper management and regulations is available online at

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