ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - The special red snapper fishing season
opened with a bang Friday.
In about 90 minutes, state officials and lawamkers gathered for a party to kick off the season reeled in more than 200 pounds of the fish.
Participants included U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile; Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley; Alabama Department of Environmental Management Director Lance LeFleur; and acting Marine Resources Director Maj. Chris Blankenship.
Red snapper is a big draw for anglers, but the fish was off limits in many areas this summer because of the oil spill.
To help make up for the loss, the federal government is allowing snapper fishing over eight three-day weekends beginning Friday.
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