Governor Ron DeSantis announces 57-day recreational season for Gulf red snapper in 2022


DESTINY, Florida. Today Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2022 recreational Gulf red snapper season which will total 57 days, the longest season since the state took over management of the red snapper and will include both a summer and fall. Those fishing from private recreational vessels in state and federal Gulf waters and charter vessels without a federal reef fishing license that are restricted to fishing in state waters will be able to participate in the 2022 snapper season. Gulf red.

“Red snapper season is one of the most exciting times to fish in Florida, and I’m thrilled to report the longest season since the state took over red snapper management,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “People come from all over to take advantage of the recreational opportunities we have in Florida that you can’t find anywhere else. Florida is proud to continue to provide access and opportunity for anyone who wants to experience the fishing capital of the world.

The 45-day summer season will begin June 17 and run through July 31. The 12-day fall season is the longest fall season since statehood began and covers the following dates:

  • October 8-9
  • October 15-16
  • October 22-23
  • November 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend)
  • November 25-27 (Weekend after Thanksgiving)

“On behalf of FWC and our commissioners, we would like to thank Governor DeSantis for his leadership on this matter,” said Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. “We are proud to be able to provide fishing opportunities to residents and visitors to the state, claiming that Florida is the fishing and boating capital of the world!”

“Gulf red snapper season is a harvest opportunity that Florida residents look forward to every year,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Director Eric Sutton. “Our agency looks forward to providing multiple days of red snapper harvesting opportunity in federal and Gulf State waters this season.”

“Here in the Panhandle, red snapper is one of our most important fisheries,” said Justin Leake, Owner, Panama City Inshore. “We want to thank you, Governor, not only for helping to manage these fisheries, but also for your clean water initiatives. What you are doing right now will help us gain access to these fisheries and make so that they are also there for our children.

“For decades we have been proud to be known as the luckiest fishing village in the world,” said Jennifer Adams, Director, Okaloosa County Tourism Development. “And as you stand here today in Destin Harbor, you can see why. The impact of fishing extends far beyond our docks. Last year, visitors spent more than $736 million dollars in our community and that money goes directly back to the local economy.

If you plan to fish for red snapper in state or federal waters from a private pleasure boat, even if you are exempt from fishing license requirements, you must register as a reef fisherman. Status (annual renewal required) on

To learn more about recreational snapper regulations, click here.



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