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Red Tide Affects Gulf Coast Fishing Through The Holidays

Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The holidays provide extra time for fishing along the Gulf coast, but some popular species are not for keeps due to red tide.

Snook, red drum and spotted seatrout are all catch and releasefrom Pasco County down to Collier County.

The regulation from state wildlife officials will last until spring of 2020 because of toxic red tide algae blooms in west coast waters.

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As of Friday, there were low concentrations of the red tide organism in Pinellas to high concentrations in Collier.

Fish kills were recently reported in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties.

Anglers will be permitted to keep red drum and seatrout again after May 31. T he regular snook season begins again in September 2020.

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Jessica Meszaros is a reporter and host of All Things Consideredfor WGCU News.
Jessica Meszaros
Jessica Meszaros is a reporter and host of Morning Edition at WUSF Public Media.