Red snapper season closes July 17 in Gulf state, federal waters
The 2012 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational harvest season will close July 17 in state and federal waters; the last day of harvest is July 16.
This year’s 46-day state season, which is the same as the 2012 federal recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, was set in May at a meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The season was extended at the end of June, because bad weather led to decreased fishing opportunities. The season started June 1.
Florida state waters in the Gulf extend from shore to nine nautical miles; federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles.
More information about red snapper fishing is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and then “Gulf Red Snapper”).
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - June 3, 2012
Fishermen in Florida's Panhandle say they have high expectations for a shortened red snapper season.
The season began Friday and runs through July 10.
The shortened 40-day season is part of a plan to replenish red snapper populations. There's a limit of two fish per person per day.
Choppy water and rainy weather dampened the season's opening day in Panama City, but fishermen told the The News Herald that they still caught their limit of red snapper. The fishermen say they believe the efforts to replenish the fish's population are working.
Gag grouper season starts July 1 and ends Oct. 31. Amberjack is open for harvest starting Aug. 1.