Alabama officials have set a 66-day red snapper season for state waters.

Alabama waters will be open for recreational red snapper fishing from May 27-July 31, Chris Blankenship, director of the Marine Resources Division in Alabama's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said in a news release.

In federal waters, the red snapper fishing season begins June 1, running nine days for recreational fishing and 46 days for hired charter boats.

Federal legislation from last December allows the state to manage reef fish nine miles from shore.

Blankenship said the federal season “will be the shortest ever for private vessels,” adding that state biologists “have assessed the resource in our waters, and we feel that there are enough red snapper in Alabama waters to open an additional season to give our citizens the ability to catch more red snapper this year.”

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