National Fisherman

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, meeting last week in Houston, approved a proposal that ultimately could give recreational anglers a higher percentage of the annual red snapper take than the commercial fleet.
By a 9-6 vote, the council approved Amendment 28, which would reallocate any red snapper caught over a 9.12 million pound baseline. Under the proposal, recreational anglers would get 75 percent of those fish.
The proposal will go through a public-comment period before it is voted up or down by the council. That pivotal meeting could take place in New Orleans, according to the Gulf Council's Charlene Ponce.
"Initially, (the council) thought they might take final action in June, but that meeting is in Key West," Ponce said. "They're talking about holding a special one-day meeting at the end of May in New Orleans or somewhere along the central Gulf Coast."
That meeting would be the final public hearing on the matter. The council is in the process of setting up other public hearings during the month of March.
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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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