NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Recreational fishermen would get a greater share of the red snapper catch in the Gulf of Mexico under a rule approved by a governing body.

On Thursday, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council increased the share of the catch going to recreational fishermen — made up of charter boats and non-commercial anglers. The council met in New Orleans.

The change gives recreational fishermen 51.5 percent of the total catch and commercial fishermen 48.5 percent. Currently the catch is split 50-50. The change needs the approval of the U.S. Commerce Department.

The increase came about after scientists re-examined catch data and discovered they'd underestimated what non-commercial fishermen caught.

Red snapper is a highly prized fish and highly managed. Commercial and recreational fishermen must abide by catch limits and other rules.

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