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FWC approves changes for snook in state waters following final rule hearing 

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At its October meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new management regions and regulations for snook in state waters following the final rule hearing.

These regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2024, will:

  • Establish nine snook management regions.
  • Establish open seasons as well as bag and slot limits for each region. including: 
    • Southeast, Indian River Lagoon, Northeast: Open season: February – May, September – Dec. 14-Bag limit: one fishSlot limit: 28-32 inches. As part of this new management approach, FWC staff intends to monitor and evaluate these regulations annually. To see the latest snook annual reviews, which provide a summary of the snook fishery status in each management region, visit
    • “Through innovative management strategies like this, which allow us to be agile in our response to concerns, we are ensuring that Florida’s future generations of anglers will have access to this iconic fishery,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.For more information, including the October 2023 Commission meeting presentation, visit and click on “Commission Meetings.”

Posted October 5, 2023