“Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.
Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.
Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational snook harvest Sept. 1.
Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Snook may be caught and released during the closed season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to handle their catch carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”
Florida Fish & Wildlife Red Tide Status: Friday, April 29, 2016
FWC released the Red Tide Status Report as of this afternoon.
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission bulletin at 2:37 PM 04/29/2016.
Red Tide Status (April 29, 2016)
“A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and northern Lee counties in Southwest Florida.
Over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in 4 samples collected from Pinellas County; background to low concentrations in 6 samples collected from Manatee County; background to low concentrations in 32 samples collected from Sarasota County; background to low concentrations in 9 samples collected from Charlotte County; and very low concentrations in 2 samples collected from northern Lee County.
In addition, one sample collected from Okaloosa County (Northwest Florida) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
No fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters and southern onshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.”