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…

Cobia

How Hard Can it Really be to Count Fish?

Figuring out how many fish are in the Gulf of Mexico and how many we can harvest isn’t rocket science; it’s harder. Photo: Stubb Harder, because fisheries are dynamic; and because there are an overwhelming number of factors like tides, temperature, salinity, composition of the ocean floor, nutrients, and biological interactions among fish that complicate…

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…

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…