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Feds have added 39 days to Federal Red Snapper in Gulf Waters

https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2017/06/department-commerce-announces-changes-2017-gulf-mexico-red-snapper

Posted at 4:02 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red snapper fishing seasons for the remainder of the summer, and the Department of Commerce has re-opened the 2017 private angler recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays.  Majority Whip Scalise and other Members of Congress were instrumental in reaching this agreement.

“I’d like to offer my thoughts and prayers to Whip Scalise, his staff, the Capitol Police, and their families,” said Secretary Ross.  “Majority Whip Scalise and his staff have been incredibly helpful on this and a host of other issues, and I wish them and the other victims a speedy recovery.  Such a despicable act of violence has no place in our political discourse, and the Administration and Congress will continue to work together in service to the American people.”

The agreement reached between the Secretary of Commerce and the five Gulf States is a significant step forward in building a new Federal-State partnership in managing the Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock. This represents a commitment from the states to restore a shared vision of uniform management that will benefit the long term recovery of the red snapper stock while maximizing the economic benefits from recreational fishing in the Gulf region.

The new rule announced today will re-open the 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling component on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 16, 2017, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. During this time, the season will be closed Monday through Thursday with the exception of July 3, July 4, and September 4. Correspondingly, the five Gulf States will bring their state red snapper water seasons into alignment with the Federal water season for the rest of the summer.

The Departments rule does not change the quota or season length for the federally permitted for-hire component of the recreational fishery or the commercial individual fishing quota program and the 2017 commercial quota.

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

May 22, 2017

 

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island June 10.

 

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive.

 

Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.

 

Participants will take home a lifelong hobby and leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

 

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

 

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

 

Fishing equipment and bait are provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

 

FWC asking for public input on cobia fishery

FWCcobiaCobia Workshops

Staff (FWC) have heard concerns about cobia in recent years and are collecting public input on this fishery. 

Cobia is currently open year-round and has a minimum size limit of 33 inches fork length and a daily bag limit of one fish per person with a total of six fish per vessel.

Attend a public workshop to share your input on cobia.

You can also comment on this and other topics at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/rulemaking/comments/

For your online comments to be considered at the July 10-11 Commission meeting, please submit input no later than June 15.

Meeting locations and dates (6-8 p.m. local time):

  • Tallahassee - May 16 - LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave.
  • Pensacola - May 18 - Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Research Center Parks & Recreation Department - 913 South I St.
  • Destin - May 22 - Destin Community Center - 101 Stahlman Ave.
  • Panama City - May 23 - Gulf Coast State College, Enrollment Services Bldg., Room 124/The Gardner Room, 5230 W. U.S. Highway 98
  • Statewide webinar - May 24 (6-8 p.m. EST)
  • St. Petersburg - May 25 - FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium - 100 Eight Ave. SE

More information:

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/rulemaking/workshops/

2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

May 4, 2017

 

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2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

 

The 78-day 2017 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9. The season will also reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day.

 

This season will maintain fishing opportunities for recreational anglers in state waters and provide spring, summer and fall fishing options.

 

The Gulf federal season was recently announced by NOAA Fisheries and will be June 1-3 for private recreational anglers and June 1 through July 19 for federally-permitted charter boats and head boats.

 

If you plan to fish for red snapper in Gulf state or federal waters from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler (annual renewal is required). To learn more, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey” under “Reef Fish.” Sign up today at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

 

Learn more about red snapper at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers.”

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