State makes snook, redfish temporarily catch-and-release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission temporarily made snook and redfish catch-and-release only from the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island in Manatee County to Gordon Pass in Collier County.

The state action was a response to the red tide bloom in southwest Florida and the order will remain in effect until at least Sept. 26.

Regulations outside of those counties remain unchanged, including the Sept. 1 snook season opening that occurs in other Gulf and Atlantic state waters.

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