Keep Florida Fishing Supports FWC in Request to Extend Three-Day Federal Gulf Red Snapper Season

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, praised Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director Nick Wiley and Chairman Brian Yablonski for requesting an extension of the three-day (June 1-3) recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico federal waters in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The letter is available here.

In the letter dated May 25, the FWC states that they are “convinced there is more sustainable capacity for red snapper fishing opportunities in federal waters than the current system allows.” They also express their willingness and intent to “reduce the number of days that Florida’s season is open in state waters in September and October in exchange for substantial blocks of fishing days in federal waters during June, July, August, and Labor Day weekend.”

“We commend FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley and Chairman Brian Yablonski for their support of Florida’s recreational fishing community, as shown by their willingness to work with the federal government to extend the severely-limited federal Gulf red snapper season. Recreational red snapper fishing is a significant economic driver for coastal communities, and we appreciate the Commission’s continued efforts to balance sustainability with fishing access,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.

Keep Florida Fishing represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to state conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.