Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open

NOAA Fisheries Service has published a reminder to recreational fishermen that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m. on June 1 amd closes 12:01 a.m. on July 24.

Other regulations for the recreational red snapper fishery such as the two-fish per person daily bag limit, prohibition of the bag limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels when under charter, and 16-inch total length minimum size limit remain unchanged.

Recreational fisheries for other reef fish species are open including gag, red grouper, other grouper species with the exceptions of goliath and Nassau grouper, other snappers, and gray triggerfish.

Greater amberjack is also open although preliminary projections indicate that the fishery may close by late August. Coastal migratory species including king and Spanish mackerel, cobia, and dolphin (mahi mahi) are also open.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has caused a closure of some waters in the northern Gulf to recreational and commercial fishing, most of the federal waters are still open to fishing and all Gulf states have fishing areas that have not been affected by the spill.

Recreational fishing opportunities continue to be available at ports from Texas to Florida and support productive fisheries and tourism. For more information on the current status of the closure, visit the Southeast Regional Office’s Web page:

source: Gulf Council press release

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