The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved April 16 a 52-day recreational red snapper season in state waters to begin May 24. The next day Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging the agency to provide additional fishing opportunities in federal waters.
The federal season is currently projected to be 11 days long, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 11. However, the season is subject to change depending on projections by NOAA Fisheries for when the recreational red snapper quota may be caught.
The letter, addressed to Secretary Penny Pritzker read in part, “I am proud of the Commission’s action and their willingness to balance the economic needs of Florida’s coastal communities with the need to rebuild the red snapper fishery,” Scott wrote. “I am very disappointed; however, in how the federal system has been managing red snapper and other fish stocks.”
The red snapper season in state waters for 2014 is eight days longer than the 2013 season. The daily bag limit remains two fish in state and federal waters.
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