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micci_manmicci_man Senior MemberSomewhere in FLPosts: 15,001 AG

April 20, 2017

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FWC approves 78-day recreational red snapper 2017 season in Gulf waters

At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2017 Gulf state waters recreational red snapper season.

The 78-day Gulf recreational red snapper season will be as follows:
• Open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting the first Saturday in May.
• Open daily starting the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 27) through Sunday following Independence Day (July 9).
• Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day (Sept. 4).
“We are once again able to provide and maintain fishing opportunities for Gulf recreational anglers and provide stakeholders with spring, summer and fall fishing options for this economically important species,” said Commissioner Chuck Roberts.

The federal seasons for private recreational anglers and federally-permitted charter boats and head boats in Gulf federal waters have not yet been announced by NOAA Fisheries.

Learn more about red snapper at by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers.”

For more information on these changes or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit and select “Commission Meetings” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”

Sure wish it was Fed waters but it's better than nothing I guess.
Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes


  • featherfanaticfeatherfanatic Senior Member Pine Mountian GAPosts: 512 Officer
    ferris1248 wrote: »
    That's pretty strong considering where's it's been.

    Let's see what NOAA does.
    I bet we get a 2-4 day season.. ridiculous

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  • grouper sandwichgrouper sandwich Senior Member Posts: 532 Officer
    I bet we get a 2-4 day season.. ridiculous

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    I'm guessing 4-6. It will less and less each year. The 78 day state season is the same as last year.
  • eddiejoeeddiejoe Senior Member Posts: 602 Officer
    I'm guessing 4-6. It will less and less each year. The 78 day state season is the same as last year.

    Yes. Feds love commercial fishing which now includes the for hire industry although the quota is subtracted from recreational. Going in your own boat? No. You get a few days. Then buy it on ice or at the restaurant, or pay $1000 a trip, which works out to about $100 a pound. Seems fair. To the Feds, and the states that continue to vote "yes". And that includes Florida.


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  • omegafooomegafoo Senior Member Posts: 3,127 Captain
    It's a shame that the North American Wildlife Conservation model did not apply to the wildlife in the ocean and not just those in the lakes, rivers and streams:

    Basic Principles
    Their efforts are the backbone of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. The model has two basic principles – that our fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be managed in a way that their populations will be sustained forever.

    The principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model are explained more fully through a set of guidelines known as the Seven Sisters for Conservation.

    Sister #1 – Wildlife is Held in the Public Trust
    In North American, natural resources and wildlife on public lands are managed by government agencies to ensure that current and future generations always have wildlife and wild places to enjoy.

    Sister #2 – Prohibition on Commerce of Dead Wildlife
    Commercial hunting and the sale of wildlife is prohibited to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations.

    Sister #3 – Democratic Rule of Law
    Hunting and fishing laws are created through the public process where everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to develop systems of wildlife conservation and use.

    Sister #4 – Hunting Opportunity for All
    Every citizen has an opportunity, under the law, to hunt and fish in the United States and Canada.

    Sister #5 – Non-Frivolous Use
    In North America, individuals may legally kill certain wild animals under strict guidelines for food and fur, self-defense and property protection. Laws restrict against the casual killing of wildlife merely for antlers, horns or feathers.

    Sister #6 – International Resources
    Wildlife and fish migrate freely across boundaries between states, provinces and countries. Working together, the United States and Canada jointly coordinate wildlife and habitat management strategies. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 demonstrates this cooperation between countries to protect wildlife. The Act made it illegal to capture or kill migratory birds, except as allowed by specific hunting regulations.

    Sister #7 – Scientific Management
    Sound science is essential to managing and sustaining North America’s wildlife and habitats. For example, researchers put radio collars on elk to track the animals’ movements to determine where elk give birth and how they react to motor vehicles on forest roads.
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