Anglers will have a few days to catch red snapper in federal waters off Georgia’s coast this year, but that probably won’t do much to relieve anger at federal regulators. The season’s dates are not set yet, but it will be a rare event.

Since 2010, anglers in the Atlantic Ocean off the southern states have had just 17 total days to legally catch red snapper. In five years, there has been no open season for the popular game fish.  Spud Woodward, head of the Coastal Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said it is easy to sympathize with the anglers, and he warned of the economic impact of over-regulating the fishery. He insists that sport anglers do not want to fish any species to extinction. On the other hand, he said the current rules often don’t help the fish populations. 

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