Alabama announces 47-day red snapper season

Alabama’s recreation red snapper fishing season will be 47 days in 2018, according to a statement issued by Gov. Kay Ivey Friday.

Alabama received an exemption from the National Marine Fisheries Service that will allow the state manage its red snapper season for 2018 and 2019, according to the statement.

“This season will allow recreational anglers five more days to fish for red snapper compared to last year,” Ivey said in a news release. “I am proud we have been able to expand the red snapper season, which is a critical part of Alabama’s recreation and tourism industry.”

In 2018, Alabama and federal waters off the coast will be open for red snapper fishing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1 to Sept. 2, plus July 2-5 and Sept. 3 (Labor Day). The bag limit will remain two per person with a 16-inch minimum length.

The federal season for charter boats is not included in Alabama’s permit and is expected to be announced later this month.

Ivey said the exemption for Alabama was made possible through language written by Sen. Richard Shelby’s in the 2017 commerce, justice, and  science appropriations bill, as well as the work of Rep. Bradley Byrne and Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“The red snapper fishery means so much to the coastal culture and economy of Alabama,” Ivey said. “I appreciate the work of Senator Shelby and Congressman Byrne on this vital issue.


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Cameron Armour