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2009 Recreational Red Snapper Quota Closure Analysis
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    In 2008, new fishing regulations were implemented to reduce the harvest of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Regulatory changes included reducing the commercial quota to 2.55 million pound (mp ww), reducing the recreational quota to 2.45 mp ww, reducing the commercial size limit from 15 to 13 inches total length (TL), setting an effort cap in the shrimp trawl fishery, reducing the recreational bag limit from 4 to 2 fish per person, prohibiting for‐hire captain and crew from retaining bag limits of red snapper while under charter, and reducing the recreational season length from 194 days (April 21‐October 31) to 122 days (June 1‐September 30). These regulatory changes in combination were estimated to reduce harvest of red snapper by 45 percent.
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