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NOAA Announces 10 Day Red Snapper Season

NOAA has just announced the 2015 recreational red snapper season: ten days beginning June 1, 2015. The for hire season is slated to last 44 days. Here’s the NOAA Bulletin: On May 1, 2015, NOAA Fisheries will publish a rule implementing an increase to the commercial and recreational quotas for red snapper in the Gulf […]

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CSC Members, State Agencies Discuss State-Based Solution to Red Snapper Management

Yesterday, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted a Breakfast Briefing on Capitol Hill on the topic, “The Solution to Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper: State-based Management.” Ten Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), state fish and wildlife agency representatives, and CSF partners gathered to discuss the current challenges and a path forward to resolving […]

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Snook Harvest to Close in Gulf State and Federal Waters

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, […]

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NOAA Establishes Separate Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Quotas for Private and For-Hire Fishermen

On April 10, 2015, NOAA Fisheries approved Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources (Amendment 40) of the Gulf of Mexico submitted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). A final rule published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2015 (80 FR 22422), with an effective date of May […]

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CCA: Feds Set Sights on Red Drum

The Coastal Conservation Association began circulating this message today regarding NOAA Fisheries‘ proposed plans for a new red drum management plan. Inventive Fishing supports CCA in this position , so we thought we’d share their message: The federal government’s management of Gulf fisheries has created some of the most chaotic, dysfunctional and unsatisfactory fisheries in […]

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NOAA Fisheries Announces New Recreational Fishing Regulations for Red Grouper in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries announces two new changes to recreational red grouper fishing: The red grouper bag limit will go from 4 fish to 2 fish effective May 7, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., local time. The accountability measure for a reduction in the bag limit when the annual catch limit is exceeded is removed. The Gulf of […]

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RFA Reacts to Gulf States’ Red Snapper Management Plan

In response to the March 13 announcement by fisheries management agencies from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, the Recreational Fishing Alliance has issued a press release praising the five state effort: March 17, 2015 – The five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico-Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas-have pulled together in an effort to […]

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Gulf States Unveil Solution to Red Snapper Management

In a move long-awaited by the recreational fishing and boating community, the directors of the state fish and wildlife agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas announced an agreement for state-based management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced increasing privatization of this public resource and decreasing recreational fishing […]

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NOAA Releases New National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

On February 12, 2015 at the annual Progressive® Insurance Miami Boat Show, NOAA Fisheries Administrator Eileen Sobeck announced a new national policy to better serve America’s 11 million recreational saltwater anglers and the companies and communities that rely on them. The National Marine Manufacturing Association (NMMA), which runs the boat show, hosted the briefing for […]

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Gray Triggerfish Season Closes Today

NOAA Fisheries is closing federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish at 12:01 a.m., local time, February 7, 2015. Currently, the annual catch limit is 241,200 pounds whole weight (pounds) and the annual catch target is 217,100 pounds. The federal fishing season is closed when the annual catch […]

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FWC to Hold Public Workshops on Gulf Red Snapper Season

At its meeting Feb. 5 in Jacksonville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to host several workshops prior to the April Commission meeting in an effort to gather additional stakeholder input on the 2015 recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters. The 2015 season preferred by the Commissioners that will […]

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Gulf Council Webinar

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a Webinar meeting Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Eastern Time. The Council will review the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Red Snapper ABC Recommendations, take public comment regarding a Framework Action to Adjust the Red Snapper Annual Catch Limit (ACL), and review […]

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Gulf Council Meeting Report

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Point Clear, Alabama, January 26–29, 2015, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including regional management for recreational red snapper and red snapper allocation. Here are some of the actions taken by the Council last week. Red Snapper Update: The Council heard an update on the […]

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Proposed Revisions to National Standard Guidelines

NOAA Fisheries has issued a proposed rule to revise the General section of the National Standard guidelines and the guidelines for National Standards 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the regional fishery management councils (councils) and NOAA Fisheries in developing fishery management plans. The […]

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Seasonal Grouper Closure Starts January 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County Waters

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting January 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 […]

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Red Grouper Conservation Measures Approved by FWC

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 20, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved lowering of the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. The Commission hopes that this change will mean an increase in the length […]

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Marine Rule Hearing November 6, 2014, on Rules for Striped Bass

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rules on November 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H. The hearing is an opportunity to provide public comment on proposed changes to recreational bag and/or size limits for striped bass.  These […]

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Red Grouper Season in GoM federal Waters Closes 10/4

REMINDER: The recreational red grouper season in Gulf of Mexico federal waters will close on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The federal season will remain closed until December 31, 2104 Federal waters are considered to be waters beginning at 9 nautical miles from shore and extending to approximately 200 nautical miles from shore. Gulf state waters […]

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NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to Regulations for the Red Snapper and Grouper-Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Programs

NOAA Fisheries announces a new rule, effective October 27, 2014, which makes changes to the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The final rule published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2014 (79 FR 57830). The rule includes administrative revisions to the commercial red snapper and grouper-tilefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs that improve […]

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Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to Open Red Snapper Season in October

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will open a recreational red snapper season in state waters every weekend in October and the first weekend in November, Executive Director Jamie Miller said Friday. “After careful review and consideration of the available data from the federal and state red snapper seasons, we have determined a fall season will […]

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