Gulf red snapper season on hold until June 1

April 10, 2009

redsnapGulf red snapper season was to open Apr. 15

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico waters has changed.  The open season now takes place from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Previously, the recreational red snapper harvest season opened on April 15 in Gulf state waters, and the season in Gulf federal waters opened on April 21.  Now, the recreational harvest season for red snapper in all Gulf waters off Florida does not open until June 1.

Researchers consider red snapper to be overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Gulf.  A shorter fishing season will reduce the harvest of Gulf red snapper and help rebuild the fishery’s population.

More information regarding the management of Gulf red snapper is available at MyFWC.com/RULESANDREGS/Saltwater_Regulations_RedSnapperIndex.htm.