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FWC Extends Catch-and-Release in Areas Impacted by Prolonged Red Tide

FWC extends snook, red drum and spotted seatrout catch-and-release measures in areas impacted by prolonged red tide

Capt. Ray Markham with an oversized red caught on a MirrOlure Marsh Minnow Jr.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will extend catch-and-release measures for snook, red drum and spotted seatrout for an additional year via an Executive Order. All three species will remain catch-and-release through May 31, 2021, in all waters from the Hernando/Pasco county line south through Gordon Pass in Collier County.

These temporary regulation changes were made to help conserve these popular inshore species that were negatively impacted by a prolonged red tide that occurred in late 2017 through early 2019.

Learn more about regulations for these species by visiting MyFWC.com/Marine and clicking on “Recreational Regulations.”



View the Commission meeting presentation at MyFWC.com/Commission by clicking on “Commission Meetings” and the agenda under “February 19-20, 2020.”

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