The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) met recently via webinar to review recommendations made by its scientific advisors regarding the red snapper quotas for 2015 and beyond.
If approved by the Department of Commerce, the action will increase the 2015 total quota by 3.3 million pounds (mp), 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.
Recreational red snapper quotas (by year):
2015 7.04 mp
2016 6.84 mp
2017+ 6.73 mp
The 2017 quota will remain in effect until changed by the Council.
NOAA Fisheries is expected to determine and announce the 2015 Gulf of Mexico red snapper season in the coming weeks.
source: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council