FWC serves up bonus Gulf red snapper season
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
Anglers got some good news on Thursday as the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agreed to
reopen the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of
Mexico state waters for eight straight three-day weekends this
fall. This action coincides with a proposed open season for
red snapper that is expected to be implemented in Gulf federal
waters off of Florida on the same dates.
"This is just what the doctor ordered and couldn't
have come at a better time to give a much-needed boost to our Gulf
fishing communities that have had a challenging summer, to say the
least, because of the Gulf oil spill," said FWC Chairman Rodney
The regular recreational harvest season for red
snapper in all waters of the Gulf off Florida took place from June
1 until July 24 this year. This season was set based on
projections of how many red snapper could be caught by recreational
anglers without exceeding the annual harvest quota, which was
established to help rebuild overfished stocks so that anglers can
benefit from better red snapper fishing in the future.
However, recreational fishing effort for Gulf red
snapper by private and charter boats was much less than anticipated
because of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in
fishing closures and cancelled fishing trips in federal and state
waters off parts of Florida's Gulf coast. Consequently, the
established Gulf recreational red snapper quota was not met during
the regular season, which means more fishing days can be opened
Anglers will be able to keep the current Gulf daily
recreational limit of two red snapper greater than 16 inches total
length per person on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Oct.
1 and extending for eight consecutive weekends through Sunday, Nov.
"That gives folks an extra 24 days to enjoy Gulf
red snapper fishing at a time when the weather is usually very nice
and on weekends when most people are able to take off from work,"
Updated information about red snapper management and regulations is
available online at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on "Fishing -