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Possible Red Snapper Season In The South Atlantic Region For 2020

Discussion in 'In The News section, Local News and Information' started by Nautical Gator, Mar 4, 2020.


  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    NOAA Fisheries Informs Council of
    Possible Red Snapper Season in the
    South Atlantic Region for 2020

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    Jekyll Island, GA - March 4, 2020
    If a recreational season is allowed this year for red snapper, the season would last for three-days with a one fish per person daily bag limit. That was the word today from NOAA Fisheries, provided during a presentation to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Snapper Grouper Committee as part of the Council’s week-long meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for determining if a season can be allowed each year, based on the annual catch limits for red snapper. The recreational annual catch limit is currently set at 29,656 fish for the South Atlantic region, covering the Carolinas, Georgia and the east coast of Florida. The recreational sector receives 71.93% percent of the total annual catch limit.

    The 2020 recreational opening is contingent on a change to current regulations that do not allow the recreational season to open if NOAA Fisheries determines the season to be three days or less. In December 2019, the Council approved an amendment to modify that restriction to allow for a shorter season. Regulatory Amendment 33 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan has been submitted to NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries plans to issue a Proposed Rule for public comment. A Final Rule to implement Regulatory Amendment 33 would need to be issued before the recreational season is allowed. The Council’s intent is to have the amendment in place prior to the 2020 season.

    The decision from NOAA Fisheries regarding the length of the recreational season is based on recreational landings data from 2019. The data are collected by individual state agencies, as well as NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program and the Southeast Regional Headboat Survey. According to NOAA Fisheries, preliminary landings during the 5-day 2019 recreational season totaled an estimated 49,674 fish, exceeding the current recreational annual catch limit. As a result, the season would need to be reduced in 2020.

    The red snapper commercial season will begin the second Monday in July as scheduled with a 75-pound trip limit. The season will continue until NOAA Fisheries determines that the commercial annual catch limit has been met.

    The Council meeting will continue through Friday. The meeting is open to the public and available via webinar each day as it occurs. Additional information, including links for webinar registration, briefing book materials, and committee reports is available from the Council’s website at: https://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/council-meetings/.

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  2. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    That will be interesting to see how that falls out? Plus what the weather hold for everyone.
     
  3. Srfrdave

    Srfrdave Mate

    Thanks for the post, but honestly what an effing joke! 3 muther Effing days is pathetic. Theres probably 29655 ReD snapper on the reef we fish. Seriously it's a joke I hate being negative so I will end it with,
    At Least we get a season. Yeah!!
     
  4. 311sarge

    311sarge Master Gunner

    Three or less.... gotta love it.. meanwhile commercial scheduled to open no problem... until noaa determines quota is met.. what’s that quota ?? Looks like ill be headed to the pan handle and gulf more.....
     
  5. shrimpmansteve

    shrimpmansteve Swabbie

    Nonsense in my opinion. I understand we never want to overfish a species but this stock has obviously recovered and should be opened up a bit more for the recreational fisher person.
    JMHO
     
  6. 311sarge

    311sarge Master Gunner

    It kinda shows how little recreational anglers impact east coast compared to the gulf coast. Cant think of one coastal community on the east coast that (with a inlet) that would suffer tremendously without recreational angling income. Gulf however relies more on the recreational angler and the money generated from it in the smaller towns and communities. Steinhatchee is a prime example. That’s partially why their seasons start before the rest of the state in that area because their yearly income is reliant on it. I know this is kicking the hornets nest in discussion but its just my opinion. When the recreational angler world starts bringing in more money to the table then the cruise ports, race tracks and tourism on the east coast that generates the income that the political world cater to and effects the votes. Commercial fishing has deeper pockets then the rec side.. I know there is much more to it than some “surveys” saying there isn’t the population to support a rec season. I’m all for a management of the species and a season. But with the increase of boats on the water and amount of recreational anglers that hit the water now it is hard to determine what a happy medium would be.
     
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