This just released by the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries management Council:

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2015

Gulf Council Votes to Increase the Red Snapper Quotas
for 2015 and Beyond

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met today via webinar to review recommendations made by its scientific advisors regarding the red snapper quotas for 2015 and beyond. The Council moved to set the red snapper quota equal to the acceptable biological as show below:

Year ABC Total Quota Commercial Quota Recreational Quota Recreational
2015 14.30 mp 14.30 mp 7.26 mp 7.04 mp 5.632 mp

2016 13.96 mp 13.96 mp 7.12 mp 6.84 mp 5.472 mp

2017+ 13.74 mp 13.74 mp 7.01 mp 6.73 mp 5.384 mp

The 2017 quota will remain in effect until changed by the Council.

If approved by the Department of Commerce, this action increases the 2015 total quota by 3.3 million pounds, resulting in a commercial quota of 7.26 million pounds, and a recreational quota of 7.04 million pounds. The total recreational annual catch target will be 5.632 million pounds. The length of the recreational season has yet to be determined. NOAA Fisheries Service will determine and announce the 2015 season in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Framework Action, please visit the Council website

About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Charlene Ponce
Public Information Officer
888-833-1844 ext. 229

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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  1. MikeH says:

    Glad you got something out of it. The Red Snapper management situation is a subject I care a lot about, and one that is frequently very distressing.

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