Red Snapper Season to Re-Open & Support Your Local Businesses
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
The Federal waters have been reopened to fishing off the Florida Panhandle. Because of the oil spill closures, the annual red snapper harvest quota was not reached during the original fishing season from June 1st to July 24th. To help the charter fishing industry earn some much needed revenue and allow fishermen to catch the remaining quota, the fishing season for Red Snapper will reopen on October 1st and will be open Fridays to Sundays through November 22 for an additional 24 days of fishing. Anglers may keep two fish per day that are at least 16 inches long.
Red Snapper season will be open on weekends through November 22nd. Photo Credits: Steve Theberge
At an Independent claims information meeting on August 10th in Bay County, Charter Boat Captains expressed concerns about how the oil spill was impacting the survival of larval fish, especially young of the year Red Snapper. They were very concerned how this could impact their businesses for years to come. Seafood Restaurant owners complained about how the negative and often inaccurate press was scaring consumers from eating seafood and that the public needed to be reassured that Gulf seafood was to eat.
Red Snapper and other Gulf fish are safe to consume. Photo Credits: Steve Theberge
Scientists have tested fish and the waters off Bay County Extensively for 30 days before they reopened it for fishing. Finfish will be safe to catch and eat. Support local tackle stores and charter boats if you don’t have a boat of your own, and take advantage of this opportunity to have some fun as well. Also don’t forgot Gulf Seafood is safe to eat and very healthy for you. Local seafood restaurants and fish markets can use your support as well. The biggest impacts of the oil spill on Bay County have been economic. Supporting local businesses and spreading the word to the outside word that are waters and beaches are clean, and our seafood safe and delicious can help the whole community.
Support local restuarants and businesses to help speed recovery. Photo Credits: Andrew Diller