Florida restricts catching of certain fish

Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state has temporarily restricted the capture of certain saltwater fish because the recent cold snap killed too many of them.

The state canceled the upcoming snook season and banned the harvest and possession of bonefish and tarpon until April.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says only catch and release of these species is allowed.

The cold snap killed thousands of fish.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto called the measures "a proactive, precautionary approach." He said it is warranted to preserve the state's population of snook, bonefish and tarpon, which are among Florida's most popular game fish species.

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