Feds: Gulf states to keep managing recreational red snapper

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Courtesy: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The federal government says states on the Gulf of Mexico will continue setting seasons and bag limits for anglers going after red snapper in federal waters.

The Commerce Department is making a two-year experimental program permanent.

An environmental group says it’s cautiously optimistic about the rules made public Wednesday and scheduled to take effect Thursday.

An Environmental Defense Fund official says there’s still work needed to make sure state and federal data use similar measurements.

Sepp Haukebo says Louisiana’s program for monitoring anglers’ catch is a major reason the Environmental Defense Fund supports a permanent rule.

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