Florida Will Have a 52-Day Non-Compliant Red Snapper Season

FWC Commissioner Adrien Bo Rivard

FWC Commissioner Adrien Bo Rivard

The state of Florida will have a 52-day non-compliant red snapper (Lutjanus campechanusseason in state waters this year. The commissioners unanimously supported Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff recommendation for the 52-day season at the FWC Commission meeting today in Havana, Florida.

“This is a bad situation,” said FWC Commissioner Adrien Bo Rivard after the public comment period on proposed 52-day season closed. “We’re in a position to try to help.”

Federal fisheries managers had previously reduced the red snapper season in federal waters to 11 days. The federal red snapper season will likely now be further reduced based on the fact both Louisiana and Florida have now announced non-compliant 2014 seasons. Louisiana announced a year-round season. Texas continues to have a year-round, non-compliant season.

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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One Response to Florida Will Have a 52-Day Non-Compliant Red Snapper Season

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