By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
If the plan works out, Alabama red snapper anglers will have access to the prized reef fish for more days than last year’s extended season.
The plan entails exempted fishing permits (EFPs) that allow the five Gulf states to set seasons that will keep the snapper harvest within the overall quota for the recreational fishery in the Gulf.
If approved, the EFPs will be used until the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has time to go through the process to approve state management plans for the Gulf states.