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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - One week to go! Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reminds residents recreational red snapper season is coming to a close July 15.

The season is closing in Gulf of Mexico waters on that date with the last day of harvest on July 14. The season started just before Memorial Day.

Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles.

Related: Bay scallop season underway

Last year's red snapper season was likely the one of the shortest on record at 27 days.

Red Snapper is a federally regulated species. According to NOAA, federal officials set catch limits and season lengths to protect the species from overfishing. However, both recreational and commercial fishermen say this regulation impacts their bottom line.

The FWC has scheduled several workshops in late July to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper, and to explore potential future approaches to managing this fishery. Get more information on those meetings here.

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