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Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters

News Release

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters will close on June 1.

Snook is also currently closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, and will reopen for harvest in Atlantic and Gulf state and federal waters Sept. 1.

Unique to the region, snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and improve the fishery for the future.

Snook can be caught and released during the closed season, but anglers should use proper handling methods to ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more and see a video about catch-and-release fishing and the best way to handle a fish, visit and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Anglers can report their catch on the Snook & Gamefish Foundation’s website at External Website by clicking on the “Angler Action Program” link in the bar at the top of the page.

Learn more about recreational fishing at by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing” and “Recreational Regulations.”

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