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Snapper Season Gone in a Snap

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Snapper season allows for fishermen to bring in big fish and for marinas to bring in big bucks. The season began June 1st and it's already coming to a close.

In federal waters fishermen are prohibited from catching the red fish after June 29th. At Captain Anderson's Marina captains are saying the short season has them running up to three trips a day. This is the "bread and butter" season for the captains and tourist make their way to the gulf to catch the biggest snapper they can. Marina Owner, Pam Anderson, says the main complaint about the season is that it continues to be cut shorter and shorter, "It appears that we will have a fall snapper season now that is premised on weather or not we over fished during the 28 days. We don't think that's going to happen but it depends on the data that we get from the NOAA center." The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will make the call July 17 about a possible fall season.

Anderson says they will look at data from the Red Snapper Fishery Benchmark Assessment before making any final decisions. If a fall season is approved, the council will look to the public for what time frame the season will fall under.