Saturday, September 21, 2013

2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Supplemental Season

Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishermen will benefit from a 14-day supplemental recreational season beginning October 1, 2013.

Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will open for red snapper recreational fishing beginning on October 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight), local time. The season will close on October 15, 2013, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

Commercial fishermen will also get increased quotas, with individual fishing quota shareholders set to receive quotas on or shortly after October 1.

The increases are the result of a NOAA rule which increases the allowable catch for red snapper from 8.46 million pounds (mp) to 11 mp. The recreational quota will increase from 4.145 mp to 5.39 mp and the commercial quota will increase from 4.315 mp to 5.61 mp.

source: NOAA Fisheries

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