Red snapper season ending 6 weeks early in Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s recreational fishing season for red snapper will close in territorial waters six weeks earlier than usual.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division said the season officially closes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The planned closing date was Sept. 3.
News outlets report the quota of 984,291 pounds issued under NOAA Fisheries’ Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permit is expected to be met by the closure date.
State anglers may fish in federal waters off the coast of Alabama (outside of 9 nm) and land in a state that is open to the landing of red snapper, but they must adhere to the open state’s rules and not transit in Alabama state waters with red snapper on board.
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