Red snapper anglers' season cut from 11 to 9 days
NEW ORLEANS - Federal fisheries officials have cut this year's recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to nine days, starting June 1.
A NOAA Fisheries news release says the change was needed because the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council reduced the snapper quota in April.
The management council acted after a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that federal regulators had been mismanaging the recreational red snapper catch for years.
The change won't affect commercial catches. Each commercial boat has a set quota. They have stayed within their quota, while recreational anglers have gone over quota for years.
Charter captains and Louisiana regulators say the council and NOAA Fisheries use bad data.
The agency is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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