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Old 06-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Looks like the season is being extended for 6 days. I think that they are getting concerned the snapper may start eating tourists.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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really where did you get this info
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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got it from a NOAA email today.

"SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
(Gulf of Mexico)


FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
[email protected] June 29, 2012
727-824-5305, FAX 727-824-5308 FB12-048

Media Contact: Kim Amendola
727-403-6533

NOAA Fisheries Service Announces an Extension to the
Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper Season


NOAA Fisheries Service announces that the closure date for the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season is being extended six days. The new closure time is 12:01 a.m. local time, July 17, 2012.

Landings and effort data are not available in-season to estimate if the recreational red snapper quota will be met on July 10. However, the north-central Gulf of Mexico has experienced extended severe weather during the first 26 days of the 2012 recreational red snapper fishing season, including Tropical Storm Debby. A substantial portion of recreational red snapper harvest in the Gulf of Mexico comes from the north-central Gulf of Mexico, thus NOAA Fisheries Service expects fishing effort and landings have been less than initially projected.

Wind speed and wave height data from four buoys stationed throughout the Gulf of Mexico were used as proxies for determining days when fishing did not occur or when effort was reduced. Wave height was the most consistent difference between 2011 and 2012. Days with wave heights greater than 4
feet was used as the proxy to indicate fishing days lost. Weather was not as much of a factor in the western Gulf of Mexico, and this was considered in the calculations as well. Assuming weather in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will improve, and fishing effort returns to expected rates, NOAA Fisheries Service projects the recreational fishing season for the entire Gulf of Mexico can be extended an additional six days.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the rule. Any discrepancies between this bulletin and the rule published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register."

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Old 06-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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well thats good news but its hard to make up a months charters in only 6 days
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #5
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You got that right!!! I say there's probably enough data to go to a year-long slot size. Encourage taking smaller fish from relatively shallow water where the mortality is reduced.
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