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Feds: Gulf States Manage Red Snapper Anglers For 2 Years

Apr 18, 2018
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The federal government says states on the Gulf of Mexico can run their own seasons in both state and federal waters for anglers going after red snapper, a popular catch that's still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing.

A Commerce Department news release Tuesday says Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas all received two-year experimental permits to manage the seasons and to test data collection.The department says each state will set its own private recreational season this year and next, closing each season when its quota is reached.