A red snapper caught on a tagging trip April 3, 2012, off the waters of Panama City.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set a 52-day season for the Gulf recreational red snapper season in state waters.
The season will start Saturday, May 24 and remain open through Monday, July 14.
According to the FWC, starting the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red snapper fishing through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities.
The federal season is currently projected to be 11 days long, starting June 1 and continuing through June 11. This season is subject to change depending on projections by NOAA Fisheries for when the recreational red snapper quota may be caught.
Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.
The daily bag limit will remain two per person in state and federal waters.
To learn more about this agenda item, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and click on “Commission Meetings.”
To learn more about recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.”