Oysters 101 on Nov. 10 at ANERR

On Thursday, Nov. 10 from 1-4 p.m. discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay at the Apalachicola Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. Learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay ideal for growing oysters, what gives Franklin County oysters their distinct a taste and how oysters benefit the ecosystem. Please register for in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 670-7743 or send an email to emily.a.jackson@dep.state.fl.us or Anita Grove at 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us


Red snapper season changes

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters will remain open Nov. 5-6, 11-12 (Veteran’s Day holiday), and 25-27 (Thanksgiving weekend and Nov. 26 is also a saltwater license-free fishing day).

These additional days were added to the season to offset the effects of Hurricane Hermine.

The daily bag limit is two fish per person within the 10-snapper aggregate bag limit. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. The season is not open in Gulf federal waters.


Saltwater license-free fishing day Nov. 26

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Florida guests and residents can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Nov. 26.

All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply. There are eight license-free fishing days each year including four freshwater and four saltwater.

An annual license can be purchased at 1-888-FISH-Florida or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. All fishing license fees are used to support Florida fish and wildlife conservation and help attain additional funding for Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration projects.