FWC, governor extend Gulf red snapper fishing
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced two additional recreational red snapper fishing days for Gulf waters, due to the timing of Tropical Storm Nestor’s impacts to the state.
“Angler data from the Gulf Reef Fish Survey gave the governor and FWC the information we needed to allow for a fall red snapper harvest,” FWC Chairman Robert Spottswood said. “In this case, the Gulf Reef Fish Survey allowed us the ability to respond to weather events like Tropical Storm Nestor, all while ensuring we are sustainably managing this fishery for the future. Once again, data from Gulf reef fish anglers is helping to improve access and management of this world class red snapper fishery.”
The fall weekends season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations, which was announced to occur on Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, has been extended to include Nov. 2-3.
“We are pleased to be able to extend the fall Gulf red snapper season for one more weekend,” DeSantis said. “We want people to have a chance to enjoy the pristine resources we have here in Florida and understand that Tropical Storm Nestor prevented anglers from being able to fish for Gulf red snapper last weekend. Many anglers were focused on storm preparation and response, so we want to make sure they have another opportunity to get out on the water.”
Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. However, state for-hire operations are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.
For more information about the red snapper season and regulations, visit www.MyFWC.com.