GULF OF MEXICO (WLOX) - The 2014 recreational red snapper season in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico just took another hit. NOAA Fisheries announced on Wednesday that the recreational season will be shortened to just nine days.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council made the decision to shorten the season from 11 days to just nine days with an emergency rule. NOAA officials say the shortened recreational season will not affect the commercial harvest.
The nine day season will open at 12:01 a.m. on June 1, and close at 12:01 a.m. on June 10. There will be a two fish per person bag limit with a 16 inch minimum total length size.
NOAA made the emergency rule to hold recreational snapper fishermen more accountable for their catch. According to NOAA, the target recreational catch sits at 4.312 million pounds.
The 2013 recreational red snapper season lasted 40 days. For a full text of the regulation, you can visit http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.