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Updated 2013 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Season Length Estimates
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    In February 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) promulgate an emergency rule for the 2013 recreational red snapper season. This emergency rule was implemented on March 25, 2013, and allowed for implementation of state‐specific closure authority of the federal exclusive economic zone off states not adopting consistent federal recreational red snapper regulations. NMFS completed a report (SERO 2013) on March 19, 2013, estimating the season lengths off each state in support of the emergency rulemaking. Previous estimates were based on Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) landings data, as well as preliminary 2012 Southeast Headboat Survey and Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Creel Survey landings. The analysis also predicted catch rates in Florida and Louisiana state waters based on historical landings information.
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