South Atlantic Red Snapper opening this year!
Sector Separation tabled by Gulf Council
SNAPPER TIME in the South Atlantic!!!!
This just in. Even though it is extremely limited, this is great news. Special thanks to all who worked so hard to get the attention needed to make this happen!
Today, NOAA Fisheries filed a temporary rule with the Federal Register to to establish management measures to allow for the limited harvest and possession of red snapper in the South Atlantic in 2012, as requested by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The temporary ruled that filed today, and will publish tomorrow, August 28th, provides for the following:
The recreational fishing season will open for two consecutive weekends made up of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The season will open on September 14, 2012, and close on September 17, 2012; then reopens on September 21, 2012, and closes on September 24, 2012. During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper.
The commercial red snapper season opens on September 17, 2012, and closes on September 24, 2012. During the open commercial season, the daily trip limit is 50 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper.
I've attached a copy of the temporary rule, as well as a copy of the Fishery Bulletin that will be sent out later today. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.
Congressional Affairs Specialist
Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce