According to a recent study there are about three times as many red snapper as previously estimated in the Gulf of Mexico. That study estimated that the Gulf holds about 110 million adult red snapper. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine fisheries’ estimate was about 36 million fish. More than 60% of the red snapper were in areas that previously had not been checked. The report estimated that about 48 million adult red snapper swim off Florida – 29 million off Louisiana – 23 million off Texas and 10 million off Mississippi and Alabama. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council is likely to consider revising catch quotas in April.

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