Snook harvest closure remains in effect
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that the harvest season for snook in Florida, which usually opens on Sept. 1, will remain closed through Sept. 16.
The FWC issued an executive order in January that temporarily closed harvest seasons for snook statewide to protect snook populations affected by prolonged cold weather in Florida earlier this year.
The FWC recently extended this order to enable FWC Commissioners to hear a report by staff at their Sept. 2 public meeting in Pensacola Beach regarding the latest information on the status of the snook population. They will also receive public input and determine whether to reopen the fall harvest season or continue to prohibit harvest and possession of snook as a precautionary measure, and consider a range of snook management options covering the next 12 months.
While the temporary harvest prohibition remains in effect, no person may harvest or possess snook in state or federal waters off Florida. The FWC may reopen the fishery, if warranted, before the order expires or, if necessary, the agency may extend the closure by issuing another executive order.
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 this issue is available online at www.MyFWC.com/Commission.