Thursday, August 5, 2010

FWC extends snook-fishing closure

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily extended the emergency closure of snook harvest and possession in Florida through Sept 16th. The emergency closure was initially put into affect because of the possible effects of the prolonged cold weather on the snook population the previous winter. Catch-and-release fishing is still allowed but there is a continued prohibition on harvest and possession. The season would have normally opened on Sept 1st but will remain closed until 12:01am on Sept 17th. On Sept 2nd, the FWC Commissioners will hear a report on the extent of the damage to the snook population and consider different management options for the next 12 months. For more information, visit FWC Snook Regulations.