State sets 2017 red snapper season

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set the 2017 red snapper season.

The season was announced at an FWC meeting on Thursday.

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).

“We are once again able to provide and maintain fishing opportunities for Gulf recreational anglers and provide stakeholders with spring, summer and fall fishing options for this economically important species,” said Commissioner Chuck Roberts.

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.