Gulf Red Snapper Season Begins Tuesday, NOAA Says

NEW ORLEANS (September 26, 2013)--Anglers across the Gulf of Mexico will be able to resume red snapper fishing in federal waters next week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

A 14-day season will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Tuesday, Oct. 1, NOAA said.

NOAA raised the total allowable catch from 8.46 million pounds to 11 million pounds earlier this month, when it set the season.

Just more than half of the quota goes to commercial fishermen.

NOAA Fisheries said commercial boat owners will get their new individual fishing quotas on Tuesday or shortly afterward.

For recreational anglers, there's a two fish daily limit and a minimum size of 16 inches.

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