Change is in the air, or in this case, the water.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing a 70-day red snapper season, which would begin the Saturday before Memorial Day and run continuously through July 12. It would resume Saturdays and Sundays in September and October and end Nov. 1.
A year ago, the season lasted 53 days, running the Saturday before Memorial Day until July 14.
The extended season means increasing the quota to 14.3 million pounds, from 11 million pounds last year. The quota, which would be split 51 percent commercial and 49 percent recreational, is pending approval from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
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