New Decisions on Red Snapper Could Aid Gulf Fishermen

Publication: The Miami Herald

Author: Pat Kelly


08/20/2011 - Decisions this week by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council could bring better science to the Gulf and give a bounce to the area red snapper economy, local experts said Friday.

Meeting in Austin, Texas, this week the council agreed to increase the daily bag limit on red snapper from two to four.

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Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, said that if gag grouper show signs of rebounding, the new rules could be relaxed.

“We hope that in perhaps as few as five years, this plan will deliver robust fishing and a bounty of delicious fish for Florida’s famous grouper sandwiches,” Binns said.

Read the full article, New Decisions on Red Snapper Could Aid Gulf Fishermen, on The Miami Herald's Web site.

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