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Recreational red snapper season starts in Gulf state, federal waters

June 8, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The recreational red snapper season starts June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and will remain open through July 20, closing July 21.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this year and next year are unique compared to previous years in that Florida's Gulf recreational red snapper season applies to harvest from both state and federal waters.

Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to have their recreational saltwater fishing license (unless exempt) and will need to have Gulf Reef Fish Angler on their license (includes those that are exempt) to target red snapper or other certain reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters - excluding Monroe County. To get it printed on a license at no cost at or visit any location where licenses can be purchased.

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For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in the 40-day season but are limited to fishing for red snapper in state waters only. These operations must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and other reef fish in Gulf state waters - excluding Monroe County. This can be done at no cost at a local tax collector's office.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has also partnered with Snook and Gamefish Foundation on a new smartphone app specifically for voluntary reporting of red snapper catch information. The app will be available soon in app stores by searching for iAngler Gulf Red Snapper for private anglers or iAngler Gulf Red Snapper Charter for charters. Using the app will help the FWC test real-time data collection.

To learn more about the 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters, including season size and bag limits, visit

The federal season for for-hire operations with federal reef fish permits is June 1 through July 21.

Federal fishery managers are in the process of collecting input for a season in Atlantic federal waters. For more information, visit



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