Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Extends Gulf Red Snapper Season into November

KFF_Logo_Hi-Res_CMYK_FINAL-With-MarkKeep Florida Fishing Encourages Residents, Visitors to Take Advantage of Extended Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During November, Florida anglers have the opportunity to enjoy an extended recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters. The seven-day extension was requested by Gov. Scott and approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) following the loss of fishing days due to Hurricane Hermine. The season was originally scheduled to end on the last weekend of October.

The expanded open season will take place on the following days, which include a license-free saltwater fishing day on Nov. 26:
•    Nov. 5 and 6 (Sat/Sun)
•    Nov. 11 and 12 (Veterans Day weekend – Fri/Sat)
•    Nov. 25, 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving weekend – Fri/Sat/Sun)

“Red snapper season is extremely popular among Florida anglers, so we’re reminding everyone to take advantage of additional fishing days in November,” said Gary Jennings, manager of Keep Florida Fishing®.  “Florida is the ‘Fishing Capital of the World,’ and the approaching holiday weekends and license-free fishing day provide great opportunities to go fishing with family and friends.”

“The extension of Gulf red snapper season will provide a huge economic benefit for Gulf Coast communities relying on the sporfishing industry,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fisheries Policies Director for the American Sportfishing Association. “Thank you to Gov. Scott and the FWC for recognizing the need to make up for lost fishing opportunities caused by Hurricane Hermine.”

Keep Florida Fishing is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), representing the interests of the recreational fishing community. Sportfishing is a major economic driver in the state, contributing to $9.3 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 123,000 Floridians.