Marine Fisheries Workshops
Beginning in August 2018, the FWC made a series of temporary, precautionary regulation changes to help conserve snook, redfish and spotted seatrout following a prolonged red tide that occurred in late 2017 through early 2019. Ultimately, these popular inshore species were made catch-and-release only in all waters from Pasco County through Gordon Pass in Collier County through May 31, 2021.
FWC staff want to know how these fisheries are doing and your ideas for how to manage these species right after May 31, when the temporary catch-and-release measures expire.
The FWC hosted three virtual workshops to gather public input about the short-term management of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in southwest Florida in early April.