A new federal grant might be what helps Gulf of Mexico anglers have more opportunities to fish for a popular species.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s $9.5-million grant was authored by United States Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). It will fund efforts to improve estimates of Gulf red snapper and possibly improve fishing access, through Gulf of Mexico reef and fish survey assessments and technologies.
With more accurate data of population levels, recreational anglers could benefit from more fishing days for the species.
“NOAA will be funding external…