Gulf Snook Harvest Season Reopens!
In response to a severe cold kill event in 2010, snook was closed in the Gulf of Mexico,
Everglades National Park and all state waters off Monroe County. This closure was extended in 2011 and 2012 to help stocks recover. Under the closure, which only allowed catch and release fishing, snook populations have recovered and Gulf snook is slated to reopen on Sept. 1.
Snook population numbers, the public need and other management options were thoroughly discussed by the Commission during the June 2013 Commission meeting in Lakeland. Members of the public expressed various concerns and opinions, and research and marine fisheries management staff presented a great deal of information regarding whether or not to continue the harvest closure or to let it reopen Sept. 1. Ultimately, the FWC Commission opted to allow the season to reopen, believing that the current harvest restrictions in the form of special snook harvest permits, strict bag limits, slot size limits, gear restrictions and closed seasons were sufficient to protect the health of Gulf snook populations. Snook will re-open in the Gulf, Everglades National Park and all state waters off Monroe County on Sept.1.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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