RED SNAPPER SURVEY

THIS SURVEY WAS PASSED ALONG THROUGH NACO (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHARTERBOAT OPERATORS) FROM CAPT. MIKE THIERRY OF DAUPIN ISLAND, ALABAMA, WHO IS ON THE RED SNAPPER SEDAR COMMITTEE FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO FISHERIES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL REPRESENTING THE RECREATIONAL SECTOR, AND ALSO A RESPECTED AND WELL KNOWN GULF SNAPPER CAPTAIN. RESULTS WILL BE USED IN DECISIONS ON RED SNAPPER REGULATIONS. If you are an active offshore recreational fisherman who has targeted red snapper in recent years, you are urged to complete the survey and send it to the address at the bottom.

Recreational Fishery Questions About Red Snapper for SEDAR 31
Your Name (optional) ____________________________________________________
Name of your Boat (optional) ______________________________________________ Sector of the recreational fishery in which you participate (please check one):
____ Headboat ____ Charter/for Hire ____ Private
Which port do you fish from? ____________________________________________ If headboat or charter/for hire, about how many passengers do you take? ________
Please fill in the following tables with your best recollection of how you currently fish, and how you fished about seven or eight years ago.
Please return to:
National Marine Fisheries Service Attn: Steven Saul 75 Virginia Beach Drive Miami, FL 33149
Question
Current Fishing Practices
Fishing Practices 6 to 8 Years Ago (around 2006/2007)
Percent of trips that target red snapper
Percent of trips that target other reef fish
Percent of trips that no reef fish are targeted (i.e. went for pelagic fish or something else)
Average length of fishing trips (in hours)
Question
Current Fishing Practices
Fishing Practices 6 to 8 Years Ago (around 2006/2007)
Percent of trips for red snapper in water less than 80 feet deep
Percent of trips for red snapper in water between 80 and 120 feet deep
Percent of trips for red snapper in water greater than 120 feet deep

SEND TO: National Marine Fisheries Service
ATTN: Steven Saul
75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149

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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