Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2018

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14 | My, How Times Have Changed Back in the day, when the snapper season was 180 days (that was pre-2004, by the way) there was peace and harmony between NOAA and the Gulf states. But by 2014, when NOAA announced a nine-day snapper season and projected a one-day season the next year, things got pretty tense. As the war of bad words escalated, the Gulf states got organized and spoke out. It has been effective. Amazingly, in this ongoing red snapper saga, the feds and the states have learned to play nice with one another. Given the typical political environment, isn't it refreshing when people can actually work out solutions for the common good? If you answered "yes," then you are correct. In April, NOAA approved exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to the five Gulf states, which gives more management flexibility of the snapper fishery to states and implements longer seasons in state and federal waters. State management of the red snapper fishery for private anglers will occur during both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. All states, except Texas, have a two-fish per person limit and a 16-in. minimum length. Florida The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced a 40-consecutive-day season, which runs from June 11–July 20. Florida anglers are required to register for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey through FWC's website.

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