Council leaves areas open to red snapper fishing

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) - Federal regulators are easing up a
moratorium on red snapper fishing off the southeastern U.S. coast.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in North
Carolina said Friday it will allow fishing for the popular seafood
in a 4,800-square-mile area off the coast of southern Georgia to
central Florida.

The moratorium on both commercial and recreational fishermen
applies in federal waters between three miles and 200 miles off the
remainder of the coasts of the Carolinas, Georgia and eastern
Florida.

The restriction is designed to prevent the overfished red
snapper from disappearing from the region's waters. The council
agreed to leave the 4,800-square-mile area open after reviewing an
assessment of red snapper stocks completed in October.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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