Some great news for the local fishing industry, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has extended the Red Snapper fishing season.
NOAA's Fisheries Service announced the extension Friday afternoon.
The original deadline was July 10th, which would have been the last day of an already-short 40-day season. But charter boat captains complained that bad weather, rough seas and tropical storm Debby kept them from booking trips.
NOAA researched the claims and found there were 6-days when the waves were too rough to fish. So they've extended the season until through 12:01 a.m. July 17th.
Local fishermen say this is the first time they can remember that the fisheries service has ever immediately extended the season.