Gulf red snapper sport season closes July 24
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Media contact: Martha Bademan, 850-487-0554
The recreational harvest season for red snapper in
all waters of the Gulf of Mexico off Florida closes on July
24. This closure was established to limit the harvest of red
snapper in the Gulf and help rebuild overfished stocks so anglers
can enjoy better red snapper fishing in the future.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission increased its data collection efforts during this year's
open season to estimate how many red snapper anglers in the Gulf
took. If this information shows catch levels were less than
this year's established recreational Gulf red snapper harvest quota
due to fishing closures caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil
spill, it may be possible to reopen the recreational Gulf red
snapper season this fall.
Updated information about red snapper management
and regulations is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules.