NOAA Fisheries clips federal recreational red snapper season to nine days
Reduced from 11 days after recalculation of catch target and MRIP data
NOAA Fisheries announced Wednesday morning that the federal recreational red snapper season for 2014 had been reduced down to just nine days.
|Photo submitted by Tommy Vidrine|
The already-short red snapper season apparently just got a couple of days shorter.
According to a news release from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the 2014 recreational red snapper season now stands officially at just nine days, down from the 11-day season scheduled in April.
It will open in federal waters at 12:01 a.m. on June 1 and close at 12:01 a.m. on June 10, with a two-fish bag limit and 16-inch minimum total length size limit.
At its April meeting the Council requested an emergency rule to revise recreational accountability measures for snapper by applying a 20-percent buffer to the recreational quota, which results in a catch estimate of 4.312 million pounds.
After recalculating the season length based on the annual catch target and including 2013 Marine Recreational Information Program data, NOOA Fisheries settled on a 9-day season, the release states.
As we get more information on the new season length, we'll share it with you here.
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