MIAMI (AP) — The recreational red snapper season in state waters in the Gulf of Mexico has opened.
The season started Saturday and closes July 15.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says opening the season before Memorial Day will help attract more visitors and bring economic benefits to the state's coastal communities.
The federal season starts June 1 and closes June 10.
Florida state waters in the Gulf are extended up to 9 nautical miles from shore.
Federal waters extend from that point out to about 200 nautical miles.
The daily bag limit for red snapper is two per person in state and federal waters.
The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length.