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Tampa Bay (NEW):

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From July 16-Sept. 16, snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are catch-and-release only in Tampa Bay due to recent impacts from red tide This applies to all Florida waters of Manatee County north of State Road 64, including all waters of the Braden River, and all tributaries of the Manatee River, excluding all waters of Palma Sola Bay; all Florida waters of Hillsborough County; and all Florida waters of Pinellas County, excluding all waters of the Anclote River and its tributaries.

Regulations outside of those counties remain unchanged, including the measures south of State Road 64 in Manatee County through Gordon Pass in Collier County for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.

Redfish Summit 2021

Please join us for a day-long public discussion on redfish biology and management in Florida, including a presentation on an updated stock assessment, information about habitat and water quality, and interactive discussions about future management of the fishery. When: August 24, 2021 (all day) Where: Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474 Register at MyFWC.com/Redfish2021.

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Federal News

Modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Electronic Reporting Requirements

Commission meeting – August

Marine Fisheries items

The FWC Commission will listen to public testimony on and discuss several marine fisheries management items at the Aug. 4-5 meeting in Bonita Springs. 

Discussions (no regulation changes are anticipated to be made on these items; both items are on Aug. 5):

  • Coral reef disease response and restoration efforts: FWC staff will summarize the status of the ongoing Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.
  • Federal fishery management updates: The Commission will discuss outcomes of recent meetings of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Links for more information:

Agenda [MyFWC.com]

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Red Tide Update

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are catch-and-release only through May 31, 2021 in all waters from Pasco County south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

The following changes are effective June 1, 2021:

Pasco County:

  • Normal regulations resumed for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County.

Tampa Bay (NEW):

  • From July 16-Sept. 16, snook, redfish and spotted seatrout are catch-and-release only in Tampa Bay due to recent impacts from red tide This applies to all Florida waters of Manatee County north of State Road 64, including all waters of the Braden River, and all tributaries of the Manatee River, excluding all waters of Palma Sola Bay; all Florida waters of Hillsborough County; and all Florida waters of Pinellas County, excluding all waters of the Anclote River and its tributaries.

Sarasota Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County:

  • Snook and redfish will remain catch-and-release through May 31, 2022.
  • Spotted seatrout harvest will resume with a six-fish recreational vessel limit. Commercial harvesters will also be held to the recreational three-fish bag and six-fish vessel limits.
  • These regulations are for all state waters south of State Road 64 in Manatee County including Palma Sola Bay through Gordon Pass in Collier County but not including the Braden River or any tributaries of the Manatee River.

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