Posted: Aug 2, 2010 8:05 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico
may be allowed to go after red snapper in federal waters later this
year, even though the red snapper season closed on July 24.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council said Monday it
will ask for the recreational season to be reopened after Sept. 30,
if it finds that the 2010 federal quota - more than 6.9 million
pounds - hasn't been caught yet.
The council says that since parts of the Gulf were put
off-limits to fishing because of teh oil spill, fewer snapper may
have been taken. The council will meet in Pensacola, Fla., later
this month and is seeking public opinion on whether and when the
season should be re-opened.