According to NOAA Fisheries, the final rule to determine red snapper fishing seasons and harvest amounts for 2013 and subsequent years (Amendment 28) is currently under review.
Due to the review process, commercial and recreational fishing seasons for red snapper will not open in July 2013.
When complete, Amendment 28 will establish:
(1) a process to determine if a fishing season will occur each year, which would include specification of the allowable harvest and season length for the commercial and recreational sectors
(2) an equation to determine the annual catch limit amount for each sector
(3) management measures if fishing is allowed.
According to NOAA, the intent of Amendment 28 is to provide fishermen the opportunity to harvest the red snapper annual catch limit and enhance the social and economic benefits to the fishery.
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