03/05/2009 - When tourists return to the area this spring and begin booking fishing charters, they might not be able to go after one of their favorite catches.
Federal fisheries managers are expected to vote today whether to halt all red snapper fishing for six months from North Carolina to Florida to allow the species a chance to recover from over-fishing. During that time, a long-term plan would be developed to protect the popular game fish.
The nonprofit Pew Environment Group is urging the council to close the fishery for six months to give the fish a break and scientists and fishery managers time to develop ways to rebuild the population.
Read the full article Red Snapper Fishing Ban Considered on the Hilton Head Island Packet's Web site.