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ARS season 2 years 2 months ago #26532

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From there desk of Mister Nick Wiley



For immediate release: May 2, 2012

Contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943


FWC Commissioners set 2012 recreational red snapper season in the Gulf


The 2012 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters will be June 1 through July 10, a total of 40 days.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2012 season Wednesday, May 2, at the Commission meeting in Crystal River.

The state season is the same as the recently announced federal recreational red snapper season. The Commission also voted to keep a 40-day, June 1 through July 10 season regardless of whether the federal season is further shortened. Florida state waters in the Gulf extend out to nine nautical miles from shore; federal waters extend beyond that line.

Gulf red snapper stocks are rebuilding their numbers, but the stock needs higher numbers of older fish to be sustainable. Red snapper are estimated to live more than 50 years, but most fish in the current stock are only a few years old. Older fish are the key to rebuilding the population because older female red snapper produce more eggs than younger females. Shortening the fishing season in Gulf state waters and going consistent with the federal season will help continue to rebuild red snapper populations so that more red snapper fishing opportunities will be possible in the future.

“I think consistency is important,” said Commissioner Ron Bergeron. “The positive part is, looking at the recovery, we are going in the right direction in having long-term benefits for fishermen.”

More information about red snapper fishing is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing
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Re: ARS season 2 years 2 months ago #26542

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What a favor they are doing us by opening up ARS in State waters.
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Re: ARS season 2 years 2 months ago #26551

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Only benefits the Northern Counties, not us.
Guess we should be thankful to have any season at all. Last year the feds increased out TAC, but gave us the shortest season in history, 48 days. This year they again increased our TAC, and, true to form, decreased our days to 40. Guess next year, if they once again increase our poundage, we will have NO season at all. Bob H.
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