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 Post subject: Snook and Red Fish
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:54 am 
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FWC makes snook, redfish temporarily catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide.

I received a email from FWC announcement of the catch and release but when I check their websites there is no mention of this. I guess they will update their website later. The email said they will update the catch and release at their September 26 meeting.


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 Post subject: Re: Snook and Red Fish
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:34 pm 
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FWC makes snook, redfish temporarily catch-and-release only in areas affected by red tide

News Release
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-544-4216 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com Susan Neel, 850-528-1755 or Susan.Neel@MyFWC.com

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily made snook and redfish catch-and-release only from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County. This was done through an Executive Order in response to the naturally-occurring red tide bloom in southwest Florida and is in effect until the next FWC Commission meeting, which starts Sept. 26.

"I support Executive Director Eric Sutton's decision to implement the Executive Order as we continue to manage this world-class fishery for future generations," said FWC Chairman Bo Rivard. "We will continue working with our partners and will evaluate next steps at our Commission meeting the end of September."

Sutton has spent significant time in the areas most impacted by naturally-occurring red tide. He and staff will continue to work with local communities and partners as the FWC manages this issue to ensure recovery of the fisheries.

"We've seen the devastation to the redfish and snook populations in southwest Florida, and we support the catch-and-release initiative taken by FWC," said Brian Gorski, Executive Director of Coastal Conservation Association Florida. "In working with the FWC on this initiative, we've heard support from members and guides throughout the state who also understand the need for such a change, to ensure that generations to come can enjoy the thrill of catching one of these iconic species."

The FWC thanks Gov. Rick Scott for his continual leadership and proactive response during this time. FWC staff will continue working with partners moving forward, including local governments and stakeholders.

Regulations outside of those counties remain unchanged, including the Sept. 1 snook season opening that occurs in other Gulf and Atlantic state waters.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com and click on "About," then "Executive Orders."

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 Post subject: Re: Snook and Red Fish
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:53 pm 
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Thanks Krash I couldn’t figure how to copy and post the email I received.


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 Post subject: Re: Snook and Red Fish
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:21 pm 
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Krash...…….thanks for the information and thanks for the nice picture of the snook underwater... I sure do love catching and releasing them


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 Post subject: Re: Snook and Red Fish
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:53 am 
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I can;t remember the last time I kept one and Redfish are not that good to eat in MPO so I release all of them, don;t keep Trout either so it's no big deal for me either way... I'd be more worried about getting that Red Tide mixed with Lake 'O discharge water, and the sludge from the Calusa and/or St. Lucie on me from handling the fish or wading than keeping a fish... I'm still convinced that the bacterial infection that destroyed my heart is a result of some sort of staff infection from the mucky waters along the shoreline of B-Bay.

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