Gulf Council Votes to Increase the Red Snapper Quotas
for 2015 and Beyond
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met today via webinar to review recommendations made by its scientific advisors regarding the red snapper quotas for 2015 and beyond. The Council moved to set the red snapper quota equal to the acceptable biological as show below:
The 2017 quota will remain in effect until changed by the Council.
If approved by the Department of Commerce, this action increases the 2015 total quota by 3.3 million pounds, resulting in a commercial quota of 7.26 million pounds, and a recreational quota of 7.04 million pounds. The total recreational annual catch target will be 5.632 million pounds. The length of the recreational season has yet to be determined. NOAA Fisheries Service will determine and announce the 2015 season in the coming weeks.
Obviously they, as all fish, must be strictly regulated; regulated through science; not greed. Last year's 9 day season did very little towards establishing a healthy reef balance.
Someone mentioned lion fish. They are indeed a very real threat. We are seeing more & more of them all the time. We never return a live one to the water. Much more study is needed on how to best deal with them:
GREAT job Gulf Council - mission accomplished!