Red Snapper Dates Announced

State and Federal recreational seasons and Charter season dates announced for 2016.

In just about a month the words “fish on” will take on new meaning for fans of red snapper.

“For every day that red snapper season is open that means millions of dollars to the economy of coastal Alabama,” says the director of Alabama Marine Resources Chris Blankenship.

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The dates for when and where you can fish were announced Wednesday.

The charter fleet will have a 46 day season starting June 1st and ending July 17th.

Starting May 27th, state waters will be open until July 31st. A 66 day season that will be a first with the state’s new nine-mile limit in effect. “It’s only for this year cause it was in a budget bill that passed but we are continuing to work with congress to extend that for the future,” says Blankenship.

Recreational Red Snapper season
Richard Kunkel of Atmore shows off his catch of red snapper.

 

The shortest season though and the one causing concern, the federal recreational season. Only nine days starting June 1st and closing June 10th.

“We are denying, particularly to our recreational fisherman, the right of a United States citizen to fish in our waters. That’s just not acceptable.” Congressman Bradley Byrne has led the charge in Washington to fix the coastal fishing problem. “This is a failure of the federal regulatory regime, it’s a failure of federal scientists. We passed a bill that would have fixed all this and it has been sitting in the senate.”

Next month anglers will head out to catch their limit of red snapper, a fish that seems already caught up in political red tape.

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