Vermilion Snap

June 2017 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets next week at the Naples Grand Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. You’re welcome to join us in person or watch a live broadcast of the meeting. Public comment will be held on Wednesday, June 7 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. local time. If you can’t testify in…

Abby Webster

Reeling in 2016 and Baiting the Hook for 2017

Photo: Abby Webster Once again, we find ourselves at the end of one year and the beginning of another.  In the fisheries world, this means that we get to re-set our annual catch limits and start harvesting anew.  For many of our “most wanted” species the fishing season re-opens and will remain open until the…

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…

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…

Salt Fish

Gray Triggerfish

Gray Triggerfish How to measure the 14″ fork length minimum size limit The latest gray triggerfish stock assessment concluded that the stock is both overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Gulf Council has just asked that an interim rule be put into place to temporarily reduce overfishing until long-term management measures can be developed. The interim…