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Atlantic snook, Gulf amberjack to close in state waters

News Release

Friday, May 25, 2012

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters and of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1.

Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal, state and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, Sept. 1. Snook remains closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state waters including Everglades National Park and Monroe County through Aug. 31. A stock assessment on snook will be presented to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at its June 27-28 meeting in West Palm Beach.

Greater amberjack will reopen for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1.

State waters in the Atlantic extend from shore to three nautical miles and in the Gulf from shore to nine nautical miles.

Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook and greater amberjack populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.

Learn more about recreational fishing at (click on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations”).

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