State wildlife officers are reminding Florida Keys anglers that the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, will remain closed for harvest through Aug. 31, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Seasonal harvest closures help conserve Florida's valuable snook populations and improve the fishery for the future, FWC officials said.
Snook can be caught and released during the closed season, but anglers should use proper handling methods to ensure the species' abundance for anglers today and generations to come. Anglers can report their catch on the Snook and Gamefish Foundation's website at Snookfoundation.org by clicking on the Angler Action link in the bar at the top of the page.
To learn more and see a video about catch-and-release and the best way to handle a fish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater" then "Recreational Regulations" and "Fish Handling."