(PNJ.com) - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to set Florida's summer red snapper harvest season at 52 days.
The season will be a total of 52 days in 2014 and will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 24) and remain open through July 14, closing July 15.
"Starting the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red snapper fishing through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities," the FWC said in a news release.
The federal season is currently projected to be 11 days long, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 11. This season is subject to change depending on projections by NOAA Fisheries for when the recreational red snapper quota may be caught.
Pensacola area charter fishermen outfits have expressed concern that the shorter federal season could damage their businesses.
Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.
The daily bag limit will remain two per person in state and federal waters.