News 5 has confirmed that the Gulf State Fisheries Directors and the Department of Commerce have agreed to extend the federal Red Snapper Recreational season through Labor Day. The official announcement is expected later today.
The extension will allow recreational Red Snapper fishing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 4th, Labor Day.
It could take effect as early as this weekend and would include July 3 and 4. We talked with a number of people heading out charter boat fishing from Dauphin Island this morning about the news. The reaction has been mostly positive.
“Any more time you can fish has got to be a good thing for the people on the Gulf Coast I would say,” said John Breland as he was getting on a charter boat. Some of his friends had the same sentiment.
“I’m pretty excited for the season to be extended it gives us a chance to really go out there and have fun, take our families out and really enjoy the red snapper man, that’s good eating,” said Robert Johnson. The catch is recreational snapper fishing in state waters will be on weekends only too.
“We had to have each of the five states along theGulff of Mexico to agree to give up or bring their state season in line with the new federal season, that wasn’t easy to do,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne. While people are still trying to wrap their heads around the full implications of this proposal overall the first impression is more time on the water is a good thing
“I think that’s great, I think that’s great for our economy, there are enough snapper out there for us in South Alabama to extend that season we’re all very excited about it, it’s great for families it’s great for fun, it’s great for our economy, it’s great for tourism,” said a man who identified himself as Doctor O. While the proposal is getting positive marks overall, some who make their living fishing say it only helps a small group of fisherman rather than the whole industry.