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Red Snapper

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Red snapper stocks have declined in recent years and some say over fishing and the shrimping industry is to blame.

The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council wants to restore the fish to 20 percent of its spawning potential within 31 years. The council has established five alternatives to address the red snapper shortage, but the Gulf Restoration Network, a collection of 50 environmental and social advocacy organizations, say there's only one way to solve the problem.

The network says something needs to be done to stop shrimping boats from unintentionally collecting juvenile red snapper in their trawl nets.

The network says the council has failed to address the problem in some of its alternatives and at least three of the proposed plans don't meet current fishery laws because the Gulf wouldn't be replenished with red snapper by set deadlines.


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