Florida has extended its recreational red snapper season by more than two weeks, the state wildlife agency said.
The season, which runs June 11 and close July 21 this year and applies to Gulf, state and federal waters, will be 40 days, up from the 24-day season originally proposed.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the change this week with Gov. Rick Scott.
“Florida is a premier fishing destination and saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has a $7.6 billion economic impact in our state every year,” Scott said in a news release. “Adding additional opportunities for anglers to enjoy Florida’s world-class fishing not only benefits our visitors but also our Gulf Coast communities. I am pleased to announce this extension today, and encourage visitors and residents to start planning their summer fishing trips.”
Also from the news release:
This recreational season will include those fishing for red snapper from private recreational vessels. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit are also included but are limited to targeting reef fish in Gulf state waters only.