Reef Fish

Gulf Council August Update

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met in Corpus Christi, Texas, August 20-23, 2018. The Council elected Dr. Tom Frazier as its Chair and Dale Diaz as its Vice Chair. The following is a brief summary of the Council’s actions: Coral This week, the Council took final action on…

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Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Landings Estimates through August 12

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The latest preliminary landings statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ near real-time landings data collection program, are 737,299 pounds, or 98 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds, through August 12.

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LA Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 29

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The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ near real-time landings data collection program, are 651,495 pounds, or 87 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds through July 29.

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Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 8

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The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ near real-time landings data collection program, are 407,117 pounds, or 54 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds. The current weekends-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation. This…

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Final Rule to Modify GOM Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

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NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational mutton snapper and commercial gag management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule will: Modify the annual catch limit for mutton snapper Remove the annual catch target Decrease the mutton snapper recreational bag limit Increase the mutton snapper commercial…

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NOAA Requests Landing Locations for Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

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In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change will require all reef fish permit holders to land at locations pre-approved by NOAA Fisheries Service’s Office of Law…

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