Tampa, Florida 2021-07-16 12:08:02 –
Tampa, Florida-Snook, Redfish, and Spotted Seatrout will only be caught and released in Tampa Bay from now until September 16th due to red tide.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced a temporary change on Friday.
“It’s a shame that we have to do this near the recent resumption of these species to harvest in this area, but such temporary catch-and-release measures will bring fisheries through such red tide events. We know we have been successful in keeping it sustainable, “said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “We will continue to work with our partners, stakeholders and communities to assess this situation.”
This applies to the following areas:
- All Florida waters in Manatee County north of State Route 64, including all waters of the Braden River, and all tributaries of the Manatee River except all waters of Palmasora Bay.
- All Florida waters in Hillsborough County.
- All Florida waters in Pinellas County, except all waters of the Anclote River and its tributaries.
Brian Gorsky, Secretary-General of the Florida Coastal Conservation Society, said: “By working with the FWC on this initiative, we are hearing support from region-wide members and guides who also understand the need for such changes. The next generation will see one of these iconic species. We must protect the fish and our waterways so that we can enjoy the thrill of catching. “
Regulations outside of these counties have not changed, including measures against snooks, redfish, and spotted seatrouts, passing through the Gordon Pass in Collier County, south of Manatee County State Highway 64.
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FWC make snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release only in Tampa Bay due to red tide Source link FWC make snook, redfish and spotted seatrout catch-and-release only in Tampa Bay due to red tide