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Red snapper anglers might get reprieve from federal closure

Red snapper fishing might be re-opened, a little bit, for a few days.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has proposed a three-day recreational “weekend” season and a one-week commercial “mini-season” this year, bowing to pressure from fishing groups and wanting more collection data for a stock assessment.

Recreational and commercial anglers have been contending that the popular-catch fish are plentiful, not enough research has been done, and the 2010 closing wasn’t needed.

Regulators say the closure was needed to help restore a fish population considered to be in a long-term decline.

The proposed “emergency rule” must be approved by the Secretary of Commerce before the dates would be set.

The seasons would carry trip catch limits and limit the total catch to no more than 13,067 fish for a region extending from North Carolina to the Florida Keys.

Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.