NEW ORLEANS — Charter boat and recreational fishermen will have only 11 days beginning June 1 to reel in red snapper from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico this year, down from 42 last year.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the emergency change by a 15-1 show of hands Thursday in Baton Rouge, La.
“It’s an insult to the recreational anglers and associated fishing industry of Louisiana,” Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Randy Pausina said.
Charter fishermen said the change would damage their business, but council members said it was needed to ensure the future of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.
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