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Alabama Announces Red Snapper Season For State Waters
For state waters, which extend to 9 miles from shore, the red snapper season is Memorial Day weekend to the end of July.
By Mike Bolton
Posted Thursday March 30 2017, 2:37 PM
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Alabama state waters will open for the recreational harvest of red snapper from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 26, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 31, state officials announced Thursday. The state season does not allow federally licensed vessels such as charter boats to participate.

The red snapper season in federal waters has not yet been set by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alabama state waters extend 9 nautical miles offshore. The daily bag limit will be two red snapper per person with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Officials remind fishermen that they will still be required to report their red snapper harvest through Snapper Check to the Marine Resources Division. Snapper reporting is required during the season in state waters and anytime red snapper are landed in Alabama. Only one report is required per vessel trip, and anglers can provide details via a smartphone app available under “Outdoor Alabama” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores; online at; or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches. The telephone reporting method is no longer available.

“We received positive feedback last year from the fishing public for the extension of state waters to 9 miles and the state red snapper season in 2016. The public felt that having the fishery open for Memorial Day weekend as well as the prime months of June and July allowed them to spread out their effort and have great family fishing days when the weather was most favorable,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr. “We feel that setting a similar season for 2017 will give people ample opportunities to access the red snapper fishery in Alabama waters.

“We will continue to work with the federal government and the other Gulf States to responsibly manage this great fishery in federal waters, while also allowing proper management in Alabama waters. However, the incredibly short federal red snapper seasons are uncalled for. We have support from our Congressional delegation to make changes in federal fisheries management legislation, and we hope to make progress on that front this year,” Commissioner Guy said.

“The federal red snapper season this year has not been announced, but it is anticipated to be very short,” said Deputy Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship. “Alabama will use the landings from the Snapper Check program as well as other fisheries information before making any decision on a possible additional red snapper season later in the year.”
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