Gulf red snapper season on hold until June 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
reminds anglers that the recreational harvest season for red
snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters has changed.  The open season now
takes place from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Previously, the recreational red snapper harvest season opened
on April 15 in Gulf state waters, and the season in Gulf federal
waters opened on April 21.  Now, the recreational harvest season
for red snapper in all Gulf waters off Florida does not open until
June 1.

Researchers consider Gulf red snapper to be overfished (in the
past) and undergoing more overfishing now. A shorter fishing season
will reduce the harvest of Gulf red snapper and help rebuild the
fishery’s population.

More information regarding the management of Gulf red snapper is
available at

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