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Florida red snapper season extended through parts of October

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 10:52:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Anglers will have new opportunities to reel in red snapper this month after additional days have been added by resource managers.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement Tuesday.

They said that red snapper fishing for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: October 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27.

The original red snapper season for recreational anglers was open from June 11 through July 12 for Gulf state and federal waters.

The season for permitted for-hire vessels was June 1 through August 1 in Gulf waters (from shore out to 9 nautical miles).

“FWC has shown that this fishery is sustainable, so we are happy to provide these additional recreational fishing days to anglers,” said Gov. DeSantis.

“These additional days would not be possible without the Gulf Reef Fish Survey,” said FWC Chairman Robert Spottswood. “Thank you to every angler who has taken the time to return surveys, talk to staff and participate in this program."

More red snapper info from FWC.