FWC announces dates for red snapper season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 78-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf waters at its commission meeting Wednesday in Tallahassee.

The season will open on Saturdays and Sundays in May and will be open daily starting the Saturday before Memorial Day. The season will close July 9 and reopen on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. The season will be open on Labor Day as well.

“We are once again able to provide and maintain fishing opportunities for Gulf recreational anglers and provide stakeholders with spring, summer and fall fishing options for this economically important species,” Commissioner Chuck Roberts said.

The federal season for private recreational anglers and for federally-permitted charter boats and head boats in Gulf federal waters have not been announced as of yet by NOAA fisheries.

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