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With the confidence of an angler hitting the dock with a full limit icebox, NOAA Fisheries announced the 2014 Gulf Red Snapper season. [Federal Register Announcement]. With recreational anglers and the Gulf states clamoring for more access to the fishery, they both get what they desire, a 40-day season opening June 1, 2014 and closing on July 11, 2014. The 40-day season is twelve days longer than the 2013 federal season. The 2013 recreational federal season was 28 days during [Read More]

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The red snapper reallocation battle is gearing up to be one of the most controversial and political endeavors ever taken on by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council).   Amendment 28, otherwise known as the reallocation amendment, is on the agenda for the February 3 – 7, 2014 meeting in Houston, Texas.   The definition of reallocation is “to assign or allot to a different purpose or person from the one originally intended.” When it comes to the Council, it means reassigning a portion of the red snapper annual allocation from the commercial sector to the recreational sector. Though the Council’s momentum is moving toward reallocation, members should pay [Read More]

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Over the past few decades the five Gulf States have built artificial reefs both inshore and offshore with the aim of enhancing recreational fishing and diving opportunities. State and local governments on the Gulf Coast have expressed interest in creating additional artificial reefs with some of the money from the federal funds resulting from the BP oil disaster. - See more at: http://blog.nwf.org/2013/11/artificial-reefs-restoration-beyond-recreation/#sthash.8z5qZ6Wt.dpuf
It is important to make sure these projects are funded appropriately and implemented using the best available science.

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