- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The federal government says private recreational anglers will have only nine days to fish for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this year’s season Tuesday based on scientific studies of the Gulf and past catches of red snapper, a highly prized fish across the region.

The season begins June 1. For-hire charter boats will have a longer time to fish, 46 days.

Rep. Bradley Byrne represents Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress and calls the short federal season a disgrace. He says there are plenty of red snapper in the Gulf, and enacting such a short season creates safety risks for anglers who want to catch them.

Congress has failed to enact reforms supported by Gulf Coast lawmakers.

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