FWC ‘adds to drama’ in snapper saga

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 08:28 AM.

DESTIN — The controversy surrounding the red snapper continues.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed a 44-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters at its meeting Feb. 13 in Orlando.

"All they've done is add to the drama," said Destin Capt. Mike Eller. "It's just a mess."

The season FWC is proposing would start June 1 and end July 14. However, the proposed season is inconsistent with the current proposed federal season, which is slated to be just 27 days.

The Commission will make a final decision on this season at the April Commission meeting in Tallahassee, according to a news release from the FWC.

"We hope it was a knee jerk reaction and made out of frustration," Eller said.

He said, it sounds like they are trying to send a "message of disgust" as to the way the National Marine Fisheries has handled the red snapper fishery.

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