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Red tide is a harmful algal bloom that can sicken or even kill local wildlife. It also causes respiratory issues in humans and other animals. Wochit

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The state has made redfish and snook catch-and-release only species for Southwest Florida from the Sarasota area south to Naples. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say the red tide has impacted redfish and snook. 

Licensed anglers are allowed to keep one redfish measuring between 18 and 27 inches per day. 

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“We will continue working with our partners and will evaluate next steps at our Commission meeting the end of September," said FWC chairman Bo Rivard in a press release. 

Snook season for Southwest Florida typically starts Sept. 1 and is a highly anticipated by many anglers. 

Prized table fare, snook have to be released as well until at least the next FWC commission meeting, which is Sept. 26. 

Connect with this reporter: Chad Gillis on Twitter. 

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Once a sea turtle ingests the red tide, the toxin get into its nervous system which affects its movement and, in extreme cases, puts it into a coma. Wochit

 

 

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