The Gulf Council will be holding Public Comment meetings in several Gulf of Mexico port citied on the proposed Reef Fish Amendment 40, which would create Sector Separation in the recreational red snapper fishing industry. This move would divide the current recreational quota of red snapper into two new quotas, one for purely recreational fishermen, the other for recreational-for-hire (charter and head boat) fishing. Proponents are mostly from the for-hire sector, and they feel such a division would allow them more time to fish, and possibly more fish to catch. Others weighing in on the subject feel it would just lead to further division among those fishing for red snapper.
Meetings in Texas will be held:
August 4, 2014 – Galveston – Galveston Hilton Hotel
August 5, 2014 – Port Aransas – Plantation Suites and Conference Center
All meetings begin at 6PM and end at 9PM.