Scott Hickman

The History of Recreational Red Snapper Management

Prior to 1997 the recreational red snapper season was open year round. Catch levels were Photo: Scott Hickman controlled through minimum size limits and bag limits. The Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996 required the establishment of quotas for recreational red snapper fishing and commercial fishing that, when reached prohibits the retention of fish for the…

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January 2012 Council Meeting Preview

Ahoy, The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is scheduled to meet at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama from January 30th – February 3rd. If you can make it to the meeting I strongly suggest you come on Tuesday night attend the informal question and answer session hosted by Dr. Roy…

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Spiny Lobster- Amendment 11 Public Hearings

      The Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils are working together to develop Amendment 11 to the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan. In this amendment the Councils are considering: Creating new closed areas to reduce the impacts of lobster traps on protected coral species Using trap line marking requirements to improve identification…