Oil spill may extend red snapper season in Florida

Red Snapper

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Florida's recreational red snapper season could be extended because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says researchers are trying to determine if fewer are being caught this year. If the numbers show a drop in pounds of red snapper caught, the state could extend or supplement the season.

Recreational fishermen are allowed to drop lines from June 1 to July 23. Commercial snapper harvesting is allowed year-round, though there is a yearly individual limit.

Fish and Wildlife officials say they won't be able to draw any conclusions until two or three weeks into the recreational season.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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