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FB17-023

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: May 2, 2017

CONTACT: SERO Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305

NOAA Announces the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Seasons

                      

WHAT/WHEN:

The 2017 Gulf of Mexico federal red snapper recreational seasons open for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m., local time.  The private angler component season will be 3 days and the federally permitted for-hire component season will be 49 days in federal waters.  

Closing dates for each component are:

  • Private Anglers: June 4, 2017, at 12:01 a.m., local time.
  • Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: July 20, 2017, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

HOW THE SEASON LENGTHS WERE DETERMINED:

  • The red snapper total recreational quota is allocated 57.7% to the private angling component and 42.3% to the for-hire component. 
  • In 2016, the total recreational quota was exceeded by 129,906 pounds.  The private angling quota was also exceeded. 
  • The overage of the total recreational quota must be paid back by the private angling component because that component exceeded its quota.
  • After adjustment for the 2016 overage, the 2017 annual catch target for the private angling component is 3,004,075 pounds whole weight.  The 2017 annual catch target for the for-hire component is 2,278,000 pounds whole weight.
  • Catches in both state and federal waters are counted against the quota.  The number of days for each component to harvest its annual catch target was calculated using 2016 catch rates and accounting for the expected red snapper harvest during state seasons outside the federal season.  Private anglers are expected to harvest nearly 81% of the private angling quota during state seasons that range from 67 to 365 days. 

WHEN THE FEDERAL RED SNAPPER SEASON IS CLOSED:

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

    Why are the private recreational red snapper seasons getting shorter when the population is getting larger?

    Federal season length and the average state season length for West Florida through Louisiana. Texas is excluded because they have maintained a year-round season.


    What are the quotas and annual catch targets for 2017?

     

    Sector or Component

    2017 quota
    (pounds whole weight)

    2017 Annual Catch Target
    (pounds whole weight)

    All Recreational

    6,603,094*

    n/a

    Federal for-hire

    2,848,000

    2,278,000

    Private angling

    3,755,094*

    3,004,075**

    *Adjusted by 129,906 lbs whole weight to account for 2016 overage, **80% of the adjusted quota

     

    Why does the recreational sector get 49% of the allowable catch in 2017 instead of the 51.5% that sector got in 2016?

     How are state season landings for red snapper estimated?

     Where can I find more information on the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?






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