Gulf Coast snook populations finally recover from devastating 2010 cold snap

common_snookThe number of snook along Florida’s Gulf Coast finally is where it was before a devastating freeze in January 2010 decimated the population, forcing the state to impose an unprecedented ban that hit hard the charter fishing and tourism industry from Tampa Bay south. Snook, widely considered Florida’s most popular nearshore game fish that drew sport fishermen from all over the world, are back in robust numbers along the state’s Gulf Coast, where the population took a big hit six years ago. The recovery was due to a concerted effort by state regulators, wildlife biologists, commercial, sport and charter fishermen who lost a lot of business during the ban. Read the story here 16:27

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