NOAA has buckled under pressure from anglers and has extended the federal red snapper season by two days.
Officials say the extension, which is for June 10 and 11, is due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Colin.
Private angler red snapper season is federal waters will now officially close at 12:01am Sunday June 12.
Controversy has surrounded federal red snapper season for years. Some believe the season needs to be longer to accommodate private anglers. Others believe red snapper are being over-fished, and the season should be shorter.
PLEASE NOTE: This extension applies only to Gulf of Mexico federal waters (seaward of 9 nautical miles).