Friday, July 24, 2009

Red Snapper fishing ban moving closer

Federal officials have proposed halting the fishing of red snapper off the Florida coast after a report showed that they are being overfished and down to 3 percent of a healthy stock, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel. The fish can live up to 50 years and become more fertile as they age. The federal report found that the annual catch of red snapper is too high and there are not enough older fish to help the population rebound. The public can submit comments on the proposed ban until August 5th. To submit comments about the proposed ban online go to the website www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA-NMFS-2008-0089 in the keyword search. Other methods of commenting are described here.

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