Feds Consider Fishing Ban on Atlantic Red Snapper

Publication: The Beaufort Gazette


// - After three decades as a charter fishing guide, Steve Amick says he's never seen red snapper as large or plentiful as he did last year off Georgia's Atlantic coast. Soon, catching them could be illegal.

Scientists for the federal government say the bountiful catch reported from Florida to North Carolina is a shallow illusion. The red snapper population, they say, is dwindling and needs a break from decades of overfishing.

A proposed temporary ban on red snapper fishing is scheduled to face a vote Thursday on Jekyll Island, Ga., by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The government agency sets fishing rules for the whole southern East Coast.

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"Drastic action is needed to rebuild this fishery," said Holly Binns, who heads the Pew Environment Group's campaign to end overfishing in the South.

Read the full article Feds Consider Fishing Ban on Atlantic Red Snapper on The Beaufort Gazette's Web site.

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