Atlantic vermilion snapper, S. Fla. spotted seatrout seasons close Nov. 1
Monday, October 31, 2011
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-487-0554
The recreational harvest seasons for vermilion snapper in the
Atlantic Ocean and spotted seatrout in South Florida will close on
Nov. 1. These closures are intended to reduce overfishing and
increase the population of vermilion snapper in the Atlantic and
help maintain the abundance of spotted seatrout in Florida
The recreational harvest and possession of
vermilion snapper are prohibited beginning Nov. 1 in all Atlantic
waters off Florida. Recreational harvest of Atlantic vermilion
snapper will reopen on April 1.
For spotted seatrout, all harvest and possession
is prohibited from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 in all waters south of
the Flagler-Volusia county line in the Atlantic. In the Gulf of
Mexico, the boundary is south of a line running due west from the
westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17
miles south of the Pinellas-Pasco county line.
In northeast and northwest Florida waters, the
recreational harvest of spotted seatrout will remain open until
February 2012 unless the Commission adopts proposed management
changes at its Nov. 16 meeting in Key Largo. If the proposed
measures are adopted, there will be no recreational closure for
spotted seatrout across the state. These proposed changes would
take effect by Feb. 1, 2012.
Learn more about the
upcoming commission meeting by visiting MyFWC.com/Commission.
More information regarding Florida recreational saltwater
fishing regulations is available at MyFWC.com/Fishing.