Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens Friday

Recreational red snapper season open in federal waters Friday, June 1 off Texas and Alabama for anglers after the popular sport and table fish.

The federal government authorized two-year experimental permits to let states along the Gulf of Mexico manage recreational seasons for red snapper in April.

Red snapper fishing is open year round in state waters, though the federal season runs for 82 days.

Anglers off Louisiana need a new permit called a recreational offshore landings permit, as well as Louisiana basic and saltwater recreational fishing licenses. The offshore permit is free. They're encouraged to use a mobile app or the permit website to report their catch.

Mississippi anglers must use the state Department of Marine Resources' mandatory reporting program, called Tails N' Scales.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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