American Red Snapper and the Gulf Reef Fish Survey

harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain

Private Anglers...  2019 ARS season

When: June 11-July 12 (possible fall opening if quota is available)
Must sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey
In order to participate in the recreational red snapper season, private recreational anglers must sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey
 Gulf Reef Fish Survey:
Florida reef fish anglers have requested that the

create a system to improve reef fish recreational data collection so that data are more accurate, precise, timely and more in-line with what is happening on the water.
The current process for conducting recreational fisheries surveys, known as the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), is broad and doesn’t capture the amount and quality of data needed for effective management of offshore reef fish species.  For example, one current method of collecting survey data is through telephone calls to coastal households. While some of these phone calls reach anglers who target Gulf reef fish, many of the people reached do not target these species and are not able to provide data about Gulf reef fish fishing trips. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey would correct this problem by creating a comprehensive list of anglers who are targeting Gulf reef fish. The FWC will then reach out to some of these anglers to gather more information on their fishing experiences.
Florida and each Gulf state are testing pilot programs to set their own recreational red snapper season in their state and adjacent federal waters through an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) that has been issued by NOAA Fisheries.
Florida’s pilot program allows FWC to test state management in both Florida’s Gulf state and federal waters for 2018 and 2019, including data collection and quota monitoring.
Our FWC biologist are experts at collecting data. Much of the data is collected on the water; not from behind the desk:


Data is collected 100 miles off shore:

What this FWC officer was more impressed with than anything was the fish count records kept on the Florida Fisherman ll. 
An accurate tally is kept and forwarded to NOAA. 

These types of accurate data counts proved that the federally permitted head/charter boats DID NOT REACH their quota for 2018; thus an extended season from June 1, to August 2. 
Hopefully the,  Gulf Reef Fish Survey will lead towards an extended season for everyone.. 

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  • Jack HexterJack Hexter New Port RicheyPosts: 4,554 Moderator
    harbison said:

    What this FWC officer was more impressed with than anything was the fish count records kept on the Florida Fisherman ll. 
    These types of accurate data counts proved that the federally permitted head/charter boats DID NOT REACH their quota for 2018; thus an extended season from June 1, to August 2. 

    What this proved is that the Charter/Headboat quota which is taken from the recreational sector was too great and the private sector should get a longer season with a greater quota
  • suprastevesuprasteve Posts: 135 Deckhand
    Jack, completely agree. However, let's not lose sight of the commercial take. They'd like nothing better than for private anglers and charters to infight amongst themselves and ignore that half the take currently belongs to the "snapper barons". Without them, both halves of the recreational sector could enjoy a reasonable season.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,401 Captain
    edited June 14 #4
    "What this proved is that the Charter/Headboat quota which is taken from the recreational sector was too great and the private sector should get a longer season with a greater quota"  Agreed!
    Problem is the Charter/Headboat section has much more accurate data. Private sector data is more guess work (NOAA-statistics) than anything. What is desperately needed is a real, accurate, scientific based data system for the private recreational fisherman.
    Hopefully this will help:

    "In order to participate in the recreational red snapper season, private recreational anglers must sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey

     "The Charter/Headboat quota which is taken from the recreational sector" 
     Recreational is recreational regardless of the boat used. KEY POINT... "taken from"!
      TOTAL  recreational catch limits should be available to ALL recreational fishermen/women regardless of the platformed used. The seasons should be the same for the entire recreational sector.  
    These young ladies are fishing on a federally permitted head boat:



    These on a private boat:
     
     Regardless of the boat used neither can legally sell their catch. As such recreational is recreational  and should be treated as such. Recreational against recreational... A NOAA dream come true!

    Adding to the "dream":
    "However, let's not lose sight of the commercial take. They'd like nothing better than for private anglers and charters to infight amongst themselves and ignore that half the take currently belongs to the "snapper barons". Without them, both halves of the recreational sector could enjoy a reasonable season."

    It must be remembered that recreational far outnumbers commercial and the "take" should reflect just that. 
    The 'commercial take' is given by NOAA free of charge under what is known as an IFQ System. The commercial 'sector' has absolutely NO season limitations. 

    Commercial fishing is a very hard way to make a living. Unfortunately the "snapper barons" sitting behind a desk are the ones making the BIG $$$. 

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