Red snapper season limited to 11 days
BATON ROUGE - The season for charters and recreational fisherman to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico will only be 11 days this year.
The season will start on June 1. It was 42 days last year.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the emergency change Thursday morning. Council members say the limited season is needed to ensure the future of red snapper in the gulf. The change must next be approved by the Secretary of Commerce.
The drastic change to the length of the season was prompted in part by a successful lawsuit filed by commercial fisherman saying the recreational fishers were violating their catch limits.