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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
May 10, 2023
FWC proposes changes for snook management At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) proposed new management regions and regulation changes for snook. The proposed new
regions would allow the FWC to better capture local differences in the fishery. 

The proposed rule changes would:
-Establish nine management regions for snook.
-Match current Gulf or Atlantic coast regulations within new regions, except for Charlotte Harbor.
-Charlotte Harbor: Match current Gulf coast regulations, and: Implement a two-fish vessel limit, Include
September in the summer season closure.

“This adaptive, holistic approach to fisheries management is the key to conserving our fisheries for future
generations,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “On behalf of the Commission, I want to encourage
anglers and anyone interested in the future of snook in Florida to get involved and share your valuable
feedback with FWC staff.”  

Staff will continue to gather input on the proposed rules ahead of a planned final rule hearing at the October
Commission meeting. Submit a public comment on snook regional management by visiting 

For the full May 10-11 agenda and links to background reports, go to and select
“Commission Meetings.” Those who cannot attend can follow coverage at (@MyFWC)
and sign up for news updates at Check the Florida Channel for possible live video
coverage at

For current recreational snook regulations, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations”
and “Snook.” This page includes the snook annual reviews which provide a summary of the snook fishery status
in each proposed management region.

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