Double Snapper

April 2013 Council Meeting Preview

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next week in Gulfport, Mississippi. During the meeting the Council will discuss and make decisions about a range of different fisheries issues that you might be interested in. Photo: Mark Miller The meeting is open to the public and we invite you to join us at…

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…

Black Grouper

Sector Allocation – Amendment 28 Q&A

What is Sector Allocation? Photo: Doug Gregory Sector allocation considers setting allocations for gag, red grouper, black grouper, and red snapper. While allocation has traditionally been set between commercial and recreational sectors, this document considers sub-dividing the recreational allocation into private, for-hire, and possibly headboat sectors. How far along is the Council in making decisions?…