BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Department of Marine Resources hopes to come up with a better way to count the number of red snapper caught by recreational fishermen in hopes of extending the red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sun Herald reports the agency will take the first step toward that goal with a Red Snapper Summit on Tuesday in Biloxi.
Last year's season was 28 days in the summer and another 14 days in the fall. This year, the season will be 11 days, after a federal judge sided with commercial fishermen in a suit over the snapper rules and Texas and Louisiana announced they would extend the season in their state waters of the Gulf.