Dinah Voyles Pulver
One little phrase tucked into a straightforward agenda for a federal agency's June meeting in Orlando gives Florida's offshore fishermen a glimmer of hope that a two-year ban on catching red snapper could soon be lifted.
"It's exciting," said David Nelson, a lifelong Port Orange fisherman who has been active in the debate over the controversial closing of the red snapper fishery off the Atlantic coast of Florida and Georgia.
Some researchers have heard the preliminary numbers are going to be below what was projected, said Holly Binns, a project director with the Pew Environment Group, a nonprofit organization that has campaigned to end over-fishing.
"If the numbers pan out and the new data indicate that some limited fishing for red snapper could resume this year, that's great," Binns said. "It could be the start of a whole new chapter in red snapper management.”
Read the full article, Offshore Fishermen Find Hope in Snapper Ban Debate, on the Dayton Beach News-Journal website.