Gulf red snapper sport season set to reopen

The recreational red snapper harvest season in all Gulf of
Mexico waters off Florida reopens on June 1.

Anglers may take two red snapper daily from Gulf waters during
the open season; however, the captain and crew of for-hire vessels
in the Gulf may not keep the recreational bag limit.  The minimum
size limit for recreational red snapper in the Gulf is 16 inches
total length.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has
scheduled a final public hearing on June 18 in Crystal River on a
proposed rule that would close the Gulf recreational red snapper
harvest season on Aug. 15.  This would make the red snapper
sport-harvest season in Gulf state waters the same as the June 1
through Aug. 14 season in Gulf federal waters.

Florida state waters extend nine nautical miles from shore in
the Gulf, and federal waters extend beyond state waters.

More information about red snapper management and regulations is
available online at MyFWC.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_Snapper.htm.

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