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Red snapper season begins this weekend

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 21:30:00-04

   MIAMI (AP) - The 2013 Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season begins this weekend in state and federal waters.


      The 44-day-long state season begins Saturday and runs through July 14, but the federal season off Florida only runs for 26 days. State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters, and federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles.


      The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length, and the bag limit is two fish per person, per day, within a 10-fish snapper aggregate limit.


      Closing this Saturday will be greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico and snook in Atlantic state and federal waters. Snook remains closed in Gulf state waters, as well as Everglades National Park and the Keys.