- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 8, 2020

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is closing the recreational fall fishing season for red snapper along the state’s coast, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Tuesday.

A review showed private anglers have caught the season limit, the agency said in a statement, and that means state waters will be closed to private anglers and state-licensed charter boats until the 2021 season.

NOAA Fisheries had allocated the state with 1.12 million pounds of red snapper for private anglers for the year.

The state closed the initial early season after a run of good weather resulted in a lot of boats being on the water, and then hurricanes interfered with the fall reopening, resulting in a season that lasted until December.

“The weather did not cooperate with three more hurricanes impacting Alabama during the fall reopening and it took an additional 17 days to use the quota,” said Scott Bannon, marine resources director.

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