State waters to open for red snapper fishing

Published 12:00am Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division, along with Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that Alabama state waters will open for the harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July.

The bag limit will be two red snapper per person per day, and two gray triggerfish per person per day.  The minimum size for red snapper will be 16 inches in total length, and the minimum size for gray triggerfish will be 14 inches fork length.  Federal waters remain closed to red snapper and gray triggerfish harvest.

Fishermen are required to report red snapper harvest to the Marine Resources Division.  Only one report is required per vessel trip, and fishermen can provide details via a smartphone app available under “Outdoor Alabama” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores; online at outdooralabama.com; by telephone at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches.  Additional information can be found at outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/redsnappercheck/.

-Andrew Garner

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