Category Archives: Regulations & Rules – Saltwater Fishing

You need to know the rules ti play the game – and they change a lot!

MID-ATLANTIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL WORKS TO OVERTURN “PUNITIVE” MEASURES DIRECTED AT RECREATIONAL FISHING

MAFMC OVERTURNS ‘PUNITIVE’ RECREATIONAL MEASURES RFA Sees Council Vote As “Benchmark Decision” in ACL/AM Battle June 13, 2012 – The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) this week approved an Omnibus Recreational Amendment to evaluate alternatives to the accountability measures … Continue reading

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“NEW” RED SNAPPER SEASON ANNOUNCED AT 28 DAYS GULF-WIDE

(Note that Texas and Louisiana still get the blame for a shorter season! – ED.) SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN (Gulf of Mexico) FB13-047 727-824-5305 June 5, 2013 NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes to the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of … Continue reading

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TEXAS, LOUISIANA WIN SUMMARY JUDGEMENT IN SNAPPER LAWSUIT!

The US District Court in Brownsville ruled in favor of Texas and Louisiana – and fishermen – by declaring the Emergency Rule that punished both states for not following the “party line” on red snapper regulations to be illegal. Whether … Continue reading

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2013 SNAPPER REGS, SEASONS ANNOUNCED. WE GOT SHAFTED!

NOAA Fisheries Increases Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota and Sets 2013 Federal Recreational Season NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule sets the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest. … Continue reading

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RED SNAPPER NEWS GETS INTERESTING – AND CONFUSING

A local charter captain who is still struggling to stay in business told me last week he had heard that the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council at their last meeting voted to RECOMMEND that NMFS rescind the regulations requiring … Continue reading

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RED SNAPPER FACE-OFF HEADING FOR SOME SORT OF SHOW-DOWN

This is a commentary from Bob Zales, long-time charter fisherman out of Panama City, Florida, owner of several charter boats, member of more than one Advisory Panel to the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, and President of the National … Continue reading

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SNAPPER WAR CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

This action by NOAA/NMFS seems to be in response to Louisiana’s stand on snapper fishing regulations. Texas fishermen should be sending a strong message to both state and federal elected representatives about this issue. Note that the season lengths for … Continue reading

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LOUISIANA TO BEGIN TESTING FEDERAL RED SNAPPER LAWS

The following was sent to me by Bob Zales, President of the National Charterboat Operators Association. What it means is Louisiana has changed from claiming only out to 2 miles offshore as “State jurisdiction” for fisheries regulations, and now lays … Continue reading

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NOAA SCHEDULES RED SNAPPER TELECONFERENCE

This Is Just In From NOAA, Perhaps An Answer To The Outrage In The Gulf States Over The Projected Red Snapper “Non-Season” For 2013? Please Join the Discussion: Recreational Fishing for Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico What: NOAA … Continue reading

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First Hearing on Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Scheduled by House Natural Resources Committee

March 6, 2013 — The Honorable Doc Hastings, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources has informed Members of Congress and staff that the Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and … Continue reading

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