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Red snapper season extended 39 days

June 16, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season begins today.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities Wednesday, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the updated season in state waters.

The 39-day season is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 16 through Monday, Sept. 4. Also included are Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4.

"Recreational red snapper fishing is highly important to Florida's Gulf coast communities," said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. "We are thankful for the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, U. S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Florida's Congressional delegation as well as the partnership across all five Gulf states in providing more sustainable fishing opportunities and sound fisheries management."

This is the longest Gulf federal red snapper season since 2013. State waters was open this week and beginning June 19 will close Mondays through Thursdays through Sept. 4, except July 3 and 4.

"Though we had to reduce state waters fishing days in the summer and fall, we are pleased to be able to offer more fishing access this summer to anglers across Florida," Wiley said.

"This is great news, especially for anglers on the central and southwest Gulf coast, where red snapper are not commonly found in state waters," said FWC Vice Chairman Liesa Priddy.

 
 
 

 

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