Letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Regarding Federal Red Snapper Regulations

Although the vast majority of individual recreational anglers abide by the current rules, unfortunately the recreational sector as a whole exceeded last year's allowable catch limit by almost two million pounds. Based on catch rates and other data from past seasons, it is anticipated that the recreational sector will likely land this year's allowable catch in less time than the previous year's season. Thus, although the overall limit is higher, it is still necessary to reduce the season from 75 days in 2009 to 51-60 days.