Gulf red snapper recreational fishing workshops start this month
Monday, July 21, 2014
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has
scheduled a series of Gulf of Mexico red snapper workshops for
recreational stakeholders beginning in late July to discuss state
and federal management of recreational red snapper. The workshops
will also explore potential future approaches to managing this
fishery in an effort to ensure optimal access for Florida's
resident and visiting anglers.
Anglers who would like to share their ideas and help improve
management are encouraged to attend.
All meetings will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. local time and are set
- July 28: Pensacola, Pensacola City Hall
(2nd-floor Hagler Mason room), 222 W. Main St.
- July 29: Destin, Destin Community Center, 101
- July 30: Panama City, Florida State University
- Panama City, lecture hall of Holley Center, 4750 Collegiate
- July 31: Carrabelle, Carrabelle City Hall
cafeteria, 1001 Gray Ave.
- Aug. 11: St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute, 3rd-floor conference room, 100
Eighth Ave. SE.
Red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida are managed by the
FWC in state waters (from shore to 9 nautical miles) and by the
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in federal waters (beyond
9 nautical miles).
These snapper are largely harvested in federal waters, but also
occur and are harvested recreationally in state waters off
northwest Florida. Because of management constraints, the federal
season has consistently been shortened for several years in a row
even though the recreational quota, or total poundage of fish that
could be caught by anglers, has increased and the red snapper
population has improved. This year's federal season was the
shortest yet, at nine days. Florida's state season was 52 days.
The FWC is seeking input from recreational anglers about how to
better manage recreational harvest of this species at the state and
federal level while continuing to rebuild the fishery. Several
management options that are being considered for federal waters by
the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will be discussed,
including sector separation, which entails dividing the federal
recreational red snapper quota into separate private-angler and
for-hire quotas; an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for
federally permitted charter and head boats, similar to the existing
program for commercial vessels, which allots a specific portion of
fish to individual vessels; and regional management, in which the
recreational fishery in federal waters could be managed on a
These workshops offer stakeholders an opportunity to share their
expectations for the red snapper fishery and their ideas on
potential management options for state and federal waters.
Please call 850-487-0554 or email Marine@MyFWC.com for more
information. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater" and
"Rulemaking" for more on these