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Temporary regulation modifications for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in a portion of southwest Florida will expire Aug. 31

Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC

 

VIA the FWC. Look below this posting for the extension of the executive order for the Charlotte Harbor zone.

A series of Executive Orders were filed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in response to a severe red tide event from 2017-2019.

Currently, snook and redfish are catch-and-release only and spotted seatrout has a six-fish vessel limit in southwest Florida from Pasco County through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

These temporary regulations are set to expire on Aug. 31, 2022, and normal regulations for redfish, snook and spotted seatrout will resume on Sept. 1, 2022.

As a reminder, new state regulations for redfish will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2022, and are listed below:

  • Nine new management regions in Florida with three of those regions in southwest Florida (Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor and Southwest Regions).
  • The three southwest Florida regions have the same regulations:
    • Slot limit: 18–27 inches.
    • Daily bag limit: one per person.
    • Vessel limit: two per person.

Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook” for more information on snook regulations or “Spotted Seatrout” for more information on spotted seatrout regulations. You can also download the Fish Rules App at Instagram.com/FishRulesApp or Facebook.com/FishRulesApp for updated regulations.

 

 

 

Temporary regulation modification for snook in Charlotte Harbor effective Sept. 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has filed an Executive Order this month to extend the catch-and-release only limit on snook in the area of Charlotte Harbor until Dec. 1, 2022, when normal regulations for snook will go into effect.

These temporary regulation modifications are in response to ongoing concerns stemming from the prolonged red tide, which was more severe in this area regarding habitat conditions, including seagrass loss, in the waters in and around Charlotte Harbor.

“Redfish, snook and trout are important fisheries in southwest Florida,” said Eric Sutton, FWC Executive Director. “The Commission has made significant changes to our process in setting regulations for these species including habitat conditions. Charlotte Harbor was the epicenter of the prolonged red tide and has experienced habitat impacts. We would like to spend more time evaluating these variables.”

“I’ve heard from our scientists and our stakeholders, and I support a temporary measure to give more time to evaluate snook management options,” said Steven Hudson, Vice Chairman of the Commission. “Given the red tide history in this specific area, as well as concerns about habitat, I think it’s important to take a conservative approach.”

Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook” for more information on snook regulations. You can also download the Fish Rules App at Instagram.com/FishRulesApp or Facebook.com/FishRulesApp for updated regulations.

 

 

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