Red snapper open for recreational harvest

Oct. 1 - Oct. 15

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Red snapper season will be open in state and federal waters come fall.

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday plans for a 14-day supplemental snapper season, which will begin Oct. 1 and run through midnight Oct. 15.

The News Herald reports the federal season will be one week shorter than the 21-day state season, which was approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week. In Florida, federal waters begin nine nautical miles offshore.

The agency's Southeast Regional administrator, Roy Crabtree, says the season was shortened after catch estimates for June came in higher than expected.

Despite the stock looking healthy, Crabtree says it's unclear what kind of turnout the October season will bring.

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