Red snapper decision next Monday

I wanted you to know that as a result of Hurricane Irma, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting to consider opening the red snapper fishery has been rescheduled for next Monday, September 25th.

The SAFMC will consider an Emergency Action that could temporarily open the red snapper fishery this year and Snapper-Grouper Amendment 43, which could open the fishery starting in 2018.

These actions are a result of a “recently discovered” red snapper abundance index from a long-term fishery independent survey that confirmed what most fishermen were seeing on the water: the red snapper population has exploded, with the population in 2016 nearly three times higher than in 1996 according to the index. Click here for the index.

The SAFMC’s preferred catch limit (Alternative 4) in both the Emergency Action and Amendment 43 would allow recreational fishermen to land 29,656 fish and commercial to land 124,815 pounds.

What’s important, if you haven’t already done so, is to let the SAFMC know you support Alternative 5 in both the Emergency Action and Amendment 43, which is the maximum catch limit under consideration: a recreational catch limit of 55,753 fish and commercial limit of 234,652 pounds.

Click here for the Emergency Action document and here for Amendment 43.

Please click here to submit your comment supporting Alternative 5.

Many comments have already been submitted. Click here to read them.

Also, please consider speaking in favor of Alternative 5 at the SAFMC’s public hearing on the Emergency Action and Amendment 43 next Monday, September 25th, at the Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Highway in Charleston, SC beginning at 10:15 am.

Thank you in advance for your efforts!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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