Analysis of Red Snapper Federal For-Hire Split Season Alternatives
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Analysis of Red Snapper Federal For-Hire Split Season Alternatives
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    Red snapper are managed in Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) federal waters from the west coast of Florida to Texas by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). On April 10, 2015, the Secretary of Commerce approved Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Reef Fish FMP) (FB15-006). The rulemaking for Amendment 40 provided a basis for increased flexibility in management of the recreational sector, and reduced the chance for recreational quota overruns, which could jeopardize the rebuilding of the red snapper stock. The rule established sub-quotas for federally permitted for-hire vessels and private anglers who fish for red snapper. The federal for-hire component is comprised of all for-hire operators with a valid or renewable federal reef fish charter vessel/headboat permit. The red snapper federal for-hire and private angler recreational fishing seasons open each year on June 1 and close when their respective recreational annual catch targets (ACTs) are projected to be reached.
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