Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season

May 15, 2014

A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.

The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to just nine days, starting June 1.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.

The president of the Orange Beach Fishing Association in Alabama says some anglers may not even come because the season is so short. He calls the length of the upcoming season "insane."

The head of Louisiana's fisheries agency says the shortened season will hurt Alabama particularly badly because its marine fishing industry is built around red snapper.