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…

Boat Mark Miller

October 2013 Council Meeting Preview

  Photo: Mark Miller   The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week in New Orleans, Louisiana to work on some fishery issues that may interest you. You are welcome to attend the meeting in person or you can listen from your computer. The committee agenda and full Council agenda will help you figure…

Ben Snapper

Scoping: For-Hire Days-At-Sea Pilot Program

  Photo: Ben Despite annual increases in the recreational red snapper quota, the fishing season has become progressively shorter since 1996. This has negatively impacted both private and for-hire recreational fishermen. The Council is considering a pilot Days-at-Sea program to address the negative impacts that current management measures have had on the for-hire component of…

Red Snapper

More Fish, Less Fishing?

  Photo: Kathy Hoak Why does the recreational red snapper season keep getting shorter even though we are seeing more red snapper than ever before? We know you’re seeing more snapper than ever before, and this is a great indicator that the rebuilding plan is working, but it does not mean that the stock is…

Mark Miller

Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan

Ahoy, We’re gearing up for another Council meeting that’s taking place next week (October 29 – November 1) at the Marriott Courtyard in Gulfport, Mississippi.   If you’re interested in what we plan to discuss you can find the schedule here, and all the briefing materials can be found here. As always, Dr. Roy Crabtree,…

Black Grouper

Grouper

  Grouper Photo: Tim Sheerman If you fish for grouper recreationally or commercially, you might want to pay attention to a couple of things the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering. The Gulf Council is gearing up to discuss the 2013 recreational gag fishing season. This year, the federal gag season is open…