Fishermen upset over new snapper rules

April 26, 2008 6:42:41 AM PDT
Local fisherman are upset over new government rules that limit the amount of red snapper one can catch. Congressman Nick Lampson led a town hall meeting to discuss the new rules. The government reduced the six month red snapper season to two months and limited each person to two catches.

Charter fisherman say they are angry because the new rule only allows 20 percent of them to access their fishery.

"We're wanting studies done to give us some room where we can fish and survive rather than have the for-hire sector an endangered species," said Jim Smarr with the Recreational Fishing Alliance .

Congressman Lampson admitted that more comprehensive studies need to be done. He hopes the government will provide the resources needed to allow scientists to study the fish population and make the right decisions.

The red snapper season runs from June 1 to August 5 for waters extending from nine miles to 200 miles offshore.

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