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Red Snapper - Sector Separation and Amendment 40

Jack HexterJack Hexter Posts: 5,643 Moderator
Just received a notice from GMFMC about a proposed change to Amendment 40 which was passed by a very minimal margin, mainly due to the inclusion of a sunset provision.

Now here comes this notice:

New Reef Fish Actions
The Council initiated a new amendment to examine extending or eliminating the sunset provision on sector separation created by Amendment 40.

Amendment 40 established a red snapper federal for-hire component that includes all for-hire operators with a valid or renewable federal reef fish for-hire permit and a private angling component that includes all other for-hire operators and private recreational anglers. It also established separate red snapper season closure provisions for the two components.

The Council also initiated work on two new reef fish framework actions. One would adjust the red grouper annual catch limit. The other would develop a mechanism to allow the recreational red snapper season to reopen in the event that the annual catch limit is not met during the regular season.

I guess we couldn't see this coming :willynilly

Why should I, as a recreational angler, have to pay a charter boat, which due to sector separation, gets a longer season to fish for Red Snapper, to take me fishing for a fish that was originally allotted to me! :huh


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