Snook Cold Kill Report

This report presents a summary of the analyses conducted by FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) to assess the impact of the 2010 cold kill event on Florida's common snook populations.

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Snook Cold Kill Report

August 2010
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Introduction

The unseasonably cold temperatures experienced in January 2010 resulted in widespread fish kills throughout the state of Florida. Concerns over the high numbers of common snook reported dead prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order on Jan. 15 that temporarily extended closed harvest seasons for snook statewide until Sept. 1. The closure provided a proactive, precautionary measure aimed at protecting surviving snook during their spring/summer reproductive season as well as providing additional time for FWC biologists to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the prolonged cold weather. This report presents a summary of the analyses conducted by FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) to assess the impact of the 2010 cold kill event on Florida's common snook populations.



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