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Old 08-20-2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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New Gag Rules Offical
Me personally I think these PEW people should get off the duffs and actually fish for some gags and see how the population is.

I guess it's better the a complete closure as we have now in Federal waters.

These rules will take effect Jan 2012 so we will have a state season this year from 9/16 untill 11/15 for recs only in state waters.

Revised fishing rules on gag grouper approved by regulators this week would increase the allowable catch and lengthen the recreational season.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted this week on catch limits and open/closed seasons for the tasty fish.


Recreational fishermen would be allowed to fish for gag grouper from July 1 to Oct. 31.
Annual permitted catch will be 1.03 million pounds for recreational and 567,000 pounds for commercial fishermen. The recreational size limit will stay at 22 inches and the two-gag daily limit and four-grouper overall daily limit will be maintained.

A proposal to protect gag grouper spawning areas was rejected by the council.


If the U.S. Secretary of Commerce approves the proposed regulations, they will go into effect in January, according to Pew Environment Group, which had representation at the council meeting in Austin, Texas.


These regulations are more lenient than temporary rules enacted at the beginning of this year.


For instance, the commercial quota for gag grouper is now 430,000 pounds, according to Pew. And recreational fishing is only open for two months —from Sept. 16 to Nov. 15.


Still, fishermen are used to more freedom.


“Clearly they’re taking away from what we’ve had traditionally,” said Bob Zales II, president of the National Association of Charter Boat Operators.


Holly Binns, project direction of Pew, hopes the 2012 regulations will help put the gag grouper population on the path to recovery.


“We’ve seen their population numbers sliced in half just about since 2005,” Binns said.
Not everyone agrees that the gag grouper population is that distressed.


Bob Spaeth, executive director of the Southern Offshore Fishing Association, isn’t sure they need so much protection.


“I think the populations are a little better than people imagine,” Spaeth said.

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