Gulf Snook To Reopen September, 2013
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has decided to reopen the recreational harvest of Gulf of Mexico snook this September. The harvest of snook has been closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters since early 2010, when a cold snap decimated snook populations throughout the state.
At its June 12 meeting in Lakeland, the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute confirmed that snook populations in the Gulf had rebounded to near 2010 stock levels. The snook season will reopen September 1st with the same bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions and closed seasons that were in effect before the closure. This includes the one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, the 28- to 33-inch total length slot limit and the two annual closures in Gulf waters, which are from Dec. 1 through the end of February and May 1 through Aug. 31. The Atlantic recreational snook season also opens September 1st. The Atlantic season closes annually from June 1 through Aug. 31 and from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31. A slot limit of 28 to 32 inches total length is still in effect for Atlantic harvest snook.
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