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Fall Gulf Red Snapper Season

The red snapper recreational season will reopen in Gulf state and federal waters on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. This season will apply to private recreational anglers in state and federal waters, and to state for-hire operations that do not hold a federal reef fish permit in state waters only. The 2019 red snapper recreational season in Gulf state and federal waters was open June 11 through July 12.

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October Commission Meeting

The FWC Commission listened to public testimony on and discussed several marine fisheries management items at the Oct. 2-3 meeting in Cape Canaveral.

Decision making (regulation changes were made on these topics):

  • Blackfin tuna: The Commission approved a final proposal to create a recreational bag limit of two fish per person per day or 10 fish per vessel per day, whichever is greater, and to extend these limits into federal waters. These changes are effective Jan. 1, 2020. News Release.
  • Northeast Florida shrimp: The Commission approved a final proposal to make changes to commercial inshore shrimp regulations in Northeast Florida. 

Draft proposals (these items will be brought back to a future meeting for final decision):

  • Spotted seatrout: The Commission moved forward with a draft proposal to make several changes to how spotted seatrout are managed statewide.T he Commission also directed staff to continue considering public input and update the proposal as needed prior to bringing this back at a future meeting for final approval. News Release.
  • Biscayne National Park: The Commission moved forward with a proposal that will be used to gather additional public feedback before being brought back for a draft rule hearing at the December meeting in Panama City Beach. News Release.

Discussions (no regulation changes expected on these items):

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Staff and invited guests provided a presentation on proposed regulatory changes for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, including next steps.
  • Federal fishery management updates: The Commission discussed the outcomes of recent meetings of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fishery management councils.

Links for more information:

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Red Tide Update

Snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide through May 31, 2020. This includes all waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

Commission Meetings

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Fishing in the Know

The Marine Fisheries Management Monthly Newsletter

A quick and easy way to keep in the know about changes to state and federal regulations, current season openings and closures and Marine Fishery events.

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Marine Fisheries Management Quarterly Column

This quarterly column focuses on fishing across Florida, from the best bait to catch a cobia with to how to know what to fish for on vacation.



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