Red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico again will feature a shortened season for recreational anglers, at least according to NOAA Fisheries, a move that continues to show the disconnect between science and sense.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced Tuesday that recreational sector anglers likely would see a season beginning June 1 that only runs six to nine days.

Last year’s red snapper season in the Gulf was marked for the first time by “sector separation,” a regulation approved defining how long recreational anglers and federal charter vessel/headboat (for-hire) anglers can catch snapper. The 2014 federal red snapper framework was shortened to just nine days.


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