Segment 807

Fishing quotas in the Gulf

State(s) featured in this episode: Florida/Mississippi/Texas

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico use individual fishing quotas to manage red snapper catches sustainably and with far less risk.

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State(s) featured in this episode: Mississippi
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State(s) featured in this episode: Texas
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State(s) featured in this episode: Louisiana / Mississippi / Utah
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State(s) featured in this episode: Florida
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State(s) featured in this episode: Arizona / California / Louisiana / Mississippi / Texas
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State(s) featured in this episode: Florida / Missouri / Pennsylvania
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State(s) featured in this episode: Texas
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