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Gulf red snapper recreational harvest season to reopen

News Release

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters off Florida reopens on June 1.  The harvest season is scheduled to remain open until July 24 this year.

Anglers may take two red snapper daily from Gulf waters during the open season; however, the captain and crew of for-hire vessels in the Gulf may not keep the recreational bag limit.  The minimum-size limit for recreational red snapper in the Gulf is 16 inches total length.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is increasing its efforts to collect and analyze information on the number of red snapper caught in the Gulf during the open season.  By surveying fishing activity on a weekly basis, fisheries managers will have the information they need to possibly adjust or extend the Gulf red snapper sport fishing season, if it is warranted.

For more information about red snapper management and regulations, go to

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