2012 Recreational Red Snapper Quota Closure Analysis
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2012 Recreational Red Snapper Quota Closure Analysis

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    The Magnuson‐Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) requires NOAA Fisheries Service to close recreational red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico when the quota is reached. In April 2011, NOAA Fisheries Service projected the 2011 recreational quota would be met 48 days after the June 1 opening of the fishing season, and established a closure date for the recreational sector of July 19, 2011. Subsequently, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the red snapper stock assessment be rerun using actual landings for 2009 and 2010. Based on the results of that rerun, the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee determined that the 2011 red snapper total allowable catch (TAC) could be increased from 7.185 to 7.53 million pounds whole weight (mp ww). In June 2011, the Council requested the entire 345,000 pounds of increased TAC be added to the recreational quota for the 2011 season, resulting in a 3.865 mp ww quota
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