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Old 04-27-2016, 01:24 PM   #1
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2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
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FB16-028

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April 27, 2016


NOAA Announces New Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Annual Catch Limits, Annual Catch Targets, and the 2016 Red Snapper Recreational Seasons

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NOAA Fisheries approved Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 28) submitted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). A final rule implementing these measures will publish in the Federal Register on April 28, 2016, with an effective date of May 31, 2016. As a result of this rule, NOAA provides notification of the 2016 private angling and federal for-hire red snapper fishing seasons.

The Council approved Amendment 28 to reallocate the red snapper harvest consistent with the 2014 red snapper update population assessment to ensure the allowable catch and recovery benefits from a rebuilding population are fairly and equitably allocated between commercial and recreational fishermen. The amendment reallocates the red snapper stock annual catch limit between the commercial and recreational sectors from 51:49 percent to 48.5:51.5 percent, respectively.

Management Measures
The final rule revises the 2016 and 2017:
• Commercial quotas,
• Recreational quotas and annual catch targets,
• Sub-quotas and annual catch targets for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components within the recreational sector.
The 2016 and 2017 quotas and annual catch targets in millions of pounds gutted weight are shown below.

Sector or component Annual catch limit Annual catch target
2016 2017 2016 2017
Commercial 6.768 6.664 --- ---
Recreational 7.192 7.076 5.754 5.661
Federally permitted for-hire 3.042 2.993 2.434 2.395
Private angling 4.150 4.083 3.320 3.266

Recreational Fishing Seasons
The federal recreational seasons for the components are based on their respective annual catch targets, which are less than their respective annual catch limits. Based on the annual catch targets and accounting for the red snapper harvest in state waters outside the federal season, the federal season for the private angling component will be 9 days and the federal season for the federally permitted for-hire component will be 46 days.

The 2016 federal red snapper recreational season will open for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., local time. Closing dates are:
• Private Anglers: June 10, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., local time.
• Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: July 17, 2016, at 12:01 a.m., local time.
The federal-water red snapper bag limit is 2 fish per person per day with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit.



Congratulations to all of the States going toe to toe with NOAA fighting for the control of the federally managed RS fishery. You just got your azz handed to you..... Again.

Please remind me again on how the state sanctioned RS seasons helps those of us who don't have an RS fishery in state waters.:roll
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Re: 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

I'm with you Kenny. We got shafted....again.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:28 PM   #3
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Re: 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Thanks for the update, Moose.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:13 AM   #4
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Re: 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Big Fish Texas.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:14 AM   #5
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Re: 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Good luck finding 16" ARS or even ARS in state waters off Pinellas County which is about 38' depth of water. States and FEDs need to work together. Open and close the season at the same time in state and Federal waters. It's like hunting for mountain rams. One guy has a .357 hand gun and the other guy has a scoped 7mm mag rifle. Easy to figure out which guy is taking home the meat.
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Re: 2016 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Diving rigs off Louisiana thats all we can find are ARS. Rod fishing you cant get your bait down without getting a red. Diving its even worse there are hundreds per rig not uncommon to see +20lbs fish everywhere. Im glad Louisiana is fighting to get control of ARS.
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Diving rigs off Louisiana thats all we can find are ARS. Rod fishing you cant get your bait down without getting a red. Diving its even worse there are hundreds per rig not uncommon to see +20lbs fish everywhere. Im glad Louisiana is fighting to get control of ARS.


Don't worry it's under control.

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