By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Red Snapper

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Regulators say that the Gulf's red snapper
population appears to be robust and growing, but the 2010 snapper
limits will likely be the strictest ever, possibly one fish per day
or a 30-day season.

Charter captains say such restrictions will sink their industry,
and recreational anglers say there won't be any reason to leave the
dock.

While the final catch estimates for the 2009 season aren't in
yet, regulators say that recreational anglers exceeded their 2.4
million-pound quota by an additional 1 to 2 million pounds. The way
federal fisheries law is written, the extra fish caught in 2009
mean the 2010 limit will have to be that much stricter.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Average Joe Location: Northwest Fl coast on Nov 1, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    I go bottom fishing maybe once a year on my own boat; I might catch one or two snapper I can keep and I have never had anyone ask me to report my catch. I'll bet money they are not evening asking the thousands of other anglers that are out in the Gulf fishing for snapper on a regular basis. With that said, how in the hell are they determining if the "recreational catch tonnage" for the year is exceed? Are they using the same junk science Al Gore is using to count polar bears or they using the same metrics the government is claiming the stimulus has saved thousands of jobs. It seems to me they want to drive another nail into coffin of the charter/recreational guys. A few weeks ago, w/o any warning, "they" shut down amberjack. How about "they" come out of the shadows and explain to the public the process for determining these limits and how they are actually tabulated. Until this happens, there is no merit to "their" policies and regulations. Go pound sand!
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