HUNT FOR RED SNAPPER: Port Canaveral Was Jam Packed For Start of Red Snapper Recreational Season

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Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum size limit

The Port was busy on Friday, July 10, the first day of the 2020 recreational season for red snapper in Atlantic federal waters. July 17 is the final day of the season. (FWC image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Port was busy on Friday, July 10, the first day of the 2020 recreational season for red snapper in Atlantic federal waters. July 17 is the final day of the season.

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Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum size limit.

FWC researchers will be out along Florida’s east coast during each day of the season asking recreational fishers about their red snapper trips and their catch. For the safety of the public and staff, the survey has been shortened this year so that anglers may quickly complete the in-person interview.

Additionally, staff will be wearing masks and following social distancing and disinfection protocols. FWC researchers will also ask to count the number of red snapper harvested and, as conditions allow, may also ask permission to measure and weigh harvested fish and collect biological samples.

This will not affect the fillet and will help determine the size and age distribution of the red snapper population.

In addition to special surveys conducted during the red snapper season, the State Reef Fish Survey is also being conducted year-round on the Atlantic coast of Florida.

This newly expanded survey will collect data directly from recreational anglers and spearfishers with the State Reef Fish Angler designation, which is now required to harvest certain reef fish species, including red snapper, anywhere in Florida.

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Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum size limit. (FWC image)

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