If you’ve been thinking about weighing in on a plan to shift red snapper quota from commercial to recreational fishermen, now’s your chance.
Amendment 28 proposes to reallocate the Gulf of Mexico 2016 and 2017 red snapper stock annual catch limit between the commercial and recreational sectors from 51/49 percent to 48.5/51.5 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, NMFS announced in November that it would withhold 4.9 percent of the 2016 red snapper commercial quota, equal to 352,000 pounds, in preparation for the amendment’s passing.
To read the amendment in full and see instructions for submitting your thoughts, see the details on the NMFS website.
To find out what NF editor in chief Jessica Hathaway thinks, read: It’s not a game(fish) to us >>