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FWC extends snook and redfish and spotted seatrout still catch-and-release only

Posted at 4:38 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 16:42:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission extended the current catch-and-release only order on snook, redfish (red drum) and spotted seatrout through May 31, 2021.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the extension of the catch-and-release measures for snook, red drum and spotted seatrout for an additional year via an Executive Order. The three species will remain catch-and-release 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.