GULF COAST (WALA) - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet on Wednesday, July 17 to discuss red snapper quotas and a supplemental red snapper season this fall. Before they make a decision, council members are asking for the public's input.
In May, the Council increased the 2013 red snapper quota because it felt the population was growing. Now, the council is trying to decide whether to keep a constant quota or change it in 2014 and 2015, based on the most recent research. The Council would like to set a constant quota through 2015 to provide stability to the fishery.
Council members are also considering another recreational red snapper season for 2013. There are several options on the table.
- One would be to reopen red snapper season as a continuous season until the quota is projected to be met.
- Another would be to reopen the red snapper season for weekends only until the quota is projected to be met.
- The Council could decide to take no action at all, meaning there will be no supplemental red snapper season.
If the Council does take action, the earliest date the season would reopen is September 1st.
Council members will meet in New Orleans, La for a one day session to decide on both issues. If you would like to weigh in on the issue - the public comment period is open through Friday, July 12th. Anyone who wishes to submit written comments can do so by clicking here .
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