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Red snapper season begins June 1

A red snapper caught on a tagging trip in April 2012 off the waters of Panama City. Islander Photo: Courtesy Amanda Nalley/FWC

The recreational red snapper season begins June 1 in state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

The state season is 44 days long and will be open through July 14, with the first day of the closure being July 15.

The federal season off Florida will be 26 days long.

State waters are from shore to 9 nautical miles in Gulf waters; federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles.

State and federal regulations require all commercial fishers and recreational anglers fishing for any reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico to use circle hooks, venting tools and dehooking devices.

In Gulf state and federal waters, 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.

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