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Fishery to "Snap" Shut Next Week

Yellow Tail Snapper
Yellow Tail Snapper

Sept 5, 2012 | AP&WMFE -Supplies of Yellowtail Snapper are expected to decline next week. The commercial fishery will close at midnight on September 11th.


The announcement last week by NOAA Fisheries — which manages saltwater fishing in the U.S. — was a shock to many commercial fishermen, seafood markets and restaurants.

Tom Hill, president of Key Largo Fisheries, says the decision will put some fishermen out of work and drive up the price of the already expensive fish.

The closure was triggered by the Magunson-Stevens Act that took effect this year. It sets annual catch limits for many popular saltwater species including the colorful Snapper.


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