Big Snapper Joseph Cawthon

April 2016 Council Meeting Preview

Photo: Joseph Cawthon The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin, Texas to discuss some important decisions for our Gulf of Mexico fisheries. One of the hottest topics on the agenda is a presentation from National Marine Fisheries Service on this year’s recreational red snapper season projection. …

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Meet the Council: Chair Leann Bosarge

Members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council make incredibly important decisions about our fishery by balancing their own experience and expertise with input they receive from the public. Each member of the Council is appointed because of their intimate understanding of some aspect of the fishery. Leann Bosarge is no exception.   Leann…

Kid Red Fish

January 2016 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama to make some important decisions about our fishery. The Council plans to take final action on a number of different issues – regional management of recreational red snapper, shrimp, and electronic reporting for for-hire vessels. Development…

Glen Ballinger

2016’s Most Wanted Fish

Photo: Glen Balinger We’ve taken another trip around the sun. The most distinctive feature of the new year for federal fisheries management is that we start fresh; our annual catch limits reset and we begin harvesting anew. As of 12:01 AM January 1, zero pounds of fish were harvested and our 2016 annual catch limits…

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October 2015 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week at the Hilton in Galveston, Texas. You’re welcome to join us in person or watch a livebroadcast of the meeting. This agenda will help you figure out when the Council will be addressing the fisheries issues that interest you. Here are the background materials…

Red Snapper

August 2015 Council Meeting Preview

Photo: Primofish The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana. You’re welcome to join us in person or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. This agenda will help you figure out when the Council will be discussing the fisheries issues that interest you and,…

King Tarpaw

June 2015 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets at the Marriot Beachside in Key West, Florida next week to discuss a number of fisheries issues. You can watch a broadcast of the meeting live. Check out the committee and full Council agenda and briefing materials to figure out when the Council will be discussing the…

Big Snapper Joseph Cawthon

Red Snapper: Higher Harvest Limits on the Horizon

Photo: Joseph Cawthorn Lately, much of the buzz about red snapper management has been less than positive. With sector separation, ever shortening seasons, and allocation on the roster, it’s easy to overlook the good news. Here it is: The red snapper stock is getting healthier every year; fishermen, scientists, and managers alike know it, and…

Scott Hickman

Council Meeting Preview: January 2015

Photo: Scott Hickman The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets at the Grand Hotel Marriott in Point Clear, Alabama next week to discuss a number of interesting fisheries issues. You’re welcome to watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Check out the Committee agenda and Full Council agenda to figure out when the Council…