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NOAA takes comments on proposed red snapper increase

Red snapper image by MGN

A proposed rule change is sure to be welcomed by commercial and recreational anglers along the Gulf Coast.

NOAA Fisheries wants to increase the commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACL) for 2019.

If approved, the commercial limit would go from 7.007 million pounds to 7.701 million pounds in 2019.

The total recreational limit would increase from 6.733 million pounds to 7.399 million pounds.

Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne issued a statement saying, "This increase from NOAA shows exactly what those of us on the Gulf Coast have known for years: the health of the Red Snapper fishery is incredibly strong."

Last year, Representative Byrne worked with Senator Richard Shelby and other Gulf Coast congressmen to secure a full Red Snapper season for Alabama’s recreational fishermen.

Byrne says, "These latest numbers will further drive us to continue fighting for greater state control over the Red Snapper fishery and a full and adequate Red Snapper fishing season."

NOAA Fisheries will accept public comments on the proposal until January 3, 2019.

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