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The Great Red Snapper Count: A Costly Disappearing Act

In 2016, Congress appropriated $9.5 million for a state-of-the-art study to determine the true population of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Fed up with years of turmoil and controversy over federal mismanagement of red snapper, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby spearheaded the extraordinary step of funding an assessment completely independent of NOAA Fisheries, the agency in charge of managing the nation’s marine resources in federal waters. That $9.5 million was combined with $2.5 million in matching funds for a total of $12 million.

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