FWC sets red snapper season

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By The Staff

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2017 Gulf state waters recreational red snapper season. 

The 78-day Gulf recreational red snapper season will be as follows:

* Open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting the first Saturday in May. 

* Open daily starting the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 27) through Sunday following Independence Day (July 9). 

* Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, plus Labor Day (Sept. 4). 

The federal seasons for private recreational anglers and federally permitted charter boats and head boats in Gulf federal waters have not yet been announced by NOAA Fisheries.