FEDERAL RECREATIONAL GAG CLOSURE IN GULF
NOAA Fisheries has posted that beginning at 12:01 AM December 3 recreational fishermen are no longer allowed to land gag grouper. The season will remain closed until July 1, 2014.
The NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council plan to develop an environmental impact statement that will outline management alternatives to Amendment 28 of the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The current allocation for red snapper is 51% commercial and 49% recreational. The Council is considering changes in these allocations that increase the benefits from red snapper fishing and increase the stability of the red snapper component of this fishery; particularly in the recreational sector. For more information visit www.gulfcouncil.org
SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season will be 40 days, opening at 12:01 AM June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 AM July 11, 2014. For more information please read the NOAA Fisheries 2014 Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Report at www.gulfcouncil.org