At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the popular and economically important 2019 Gulf red snapper recreational season to open June 11 through July 20, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available.
This season will apply to those fishing from private recreational vessels in state and federal waters and to charter vessels that do not have a federal reef fish permit and are limited to fishing in state waters only.
For those interested in participating in this year’s Gulf red snapper season, don’t forget that anglers fishing from private vessels must get the Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation on their license. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit and are limited to state waters only for red snapper fishing must get the State Gulf Reef Fish Charter designation on their license. Learn more about these programs and how to obtain these designations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations,” “Reef Fish” and “Gulf Reef Fish Survey.”
The Canaveral Port Authority is expecting boat trailer parking at Port Canaveral will be in high demand during the 2019 Federal Atlantic Recreational Red Snapper Season – July 12-14 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and July 19-20 (Friday and Saturday).
As always, boat trailer parking at the Port’s Freddie Patrick boat ramps and Rodney S. Ketchum Park boat ramps is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached. Boaters – at all times – whether parking at these boat ramps or not— can access the ramps to launch their boat and seek parking elsewhere for their vehicle and trailer.