Alabama’s Bentley wants feds completely out of Gulf red snapper management by Jeff Dute

“Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley did not join governors from the four other Gulf states in signing a letter in support of state management of red snapper “because it advocates a management system that allows the federal government to retain too much control over state fisheries.” In a statement from Bentley’s Press Secretary emailed Thursday morning, […]

Rep. Jo Bonner: Give states power to manage red snapper fisheries by George Talbot

“WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, said today he was pleased to see governors from the Gulf Coast states actively engaging in discussions on how best to manage red snapper fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Four of the five Gulf Coast governors – Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Texas’ Rick Perry, Florida’s Rick Scott and […]

Gulf governors write Congress about red snapper (edited for web by Conor Harrison)

” Texas is picking another fight with the Federal government. And this time it has help. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant are calling on Congress to allow the states to take control over management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of […]

Red Snapper War Continues in the Gulf of Mexico by David A. Brown

“As we’ve blogged about on numerous occasions, the Gulf of Mexico’s red snapper management has long been a contentious (the understatement of the decade) issue for recreational anglers lamenting severe restrictions based on faulty data. A prized food fish of great sporting value, red snapper is one of the main offshore species that drives fishing-related […]

Florida’s Looming Decision on Gulf of Mexico’s Red Snapper

“Florida will decide next week whether to open its coastal waters to a longer red snapper fishing season and break ranks with regulators who have set the shortest season in federal waters—28 days. If Florida joins other states in allowing more red snapper fishing in state waters, federal fishery managers will cut the season for […]

Give everyone equal access to red snapper in the Gulf by Mike Colby

“As a Clearwater charter captain, I have customers from Orlando and Central Florida who fish with me. They have just as much right to fish for species in the Gulf as coastal residents do; the fish belong to everyone. Yet, on Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take a vote on Gulf […]

IGFA Backs Call to Remove Longlines from Gulf of Mexico

“In anticipation of the Obama Administration’s new bluefin tuna regulations for U.S. fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the IGFA is preparing to voice support for the adoption of greenstick and swordfish buoy gear to replace harmful and wasteful longlines. Data from NOAA’s southeast Fisheries Science Center shows that from 2007 […]

4/5/13 2 day Deep Water Tile Fish, Snowy Grouper and Giant Amberjack by Captain Rich of Fishing Reports

Excerpt from this article by Captain Rich: “This past weekend’s deep water trip was very exciting for both the crew and our fishermen. The weather on Friday night and Saturday morning was very nautical. We were on the backside of a cold front and the wind was humming at around 25 knots. After a very […]

Proposed Rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Quota Increase

Below is an excerpt from this Proposal as reported by the Florida Sportsman Newswire: “NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on a proposed rule for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper. The rule, if implemented, would set the 2013 quotas for commercial and recreational red snapper harvest. The quotas can be increased because recent population assessments show […]

Federal snapper season rules give conflicting message by David Sikes

“COASTAL BEND — Federal fisheries managers have boosted the amount of red snapper by weight we’re allowed to take from the Gulf of Mexico this year by 380,000 pounds. That translates to an increase for recreational anglers of 186,000 pounds compared with the 2012 allocation. Nobody is cheering, though I expect commercial snapper fisherman are […]

Sizable Snook Turn On Along Gulf Coast by Del Milligan

“The spring bite for catch-and-release snook in Gulf Coast bays started picking up steam over the weekend and early this week. Capt. Greg Penix of Lakeland had his best day of the year for snook 30-34 inches on Wednesday in the back bays at Boca Grande. “It’s finally getting good,” Penix said. His anglers released […]

Reefer madness: The Obama team at sea (Opinion from Quin Hillyer)

“Federal regulators acting in the name of the environment are actually harming both the environment and human interests. Consider Gulf red snapper. Federal regulations set rules for snapper “catch limits” that change annually according to various measurements of snapper abundance. Alas, the measurements haven’t kept up with the science or with modern fisheries practices, and […]

Federal Government biggest threat to Gulf Red Snapper

“If there’s one thing that the federal government has told Gulf fishermen for more than a decade, it’s that our most popular fish is in danger of overfishing. The government has even gone so far as to impose extreme catch restrictions that border on the absurd. That’s what makes a recent video showing the destruction […]

Gulf Grouper Season Opens April 1st

“Starting April 1, red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind and scamp Gulf of Mexico grouper species will again be open to harvest in state waters. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this harvest season will remain open through Jan. 31, 2014. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to […]

Days-at-Sea Pilot Program for Recreational Red Snapper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presents its scoping guide Days-at-Sea Pilot Program for Recreational Red Snapper. The following is an excerpt from the Introduction on page 2: “The recreational fishing sector in the Gulf of Mexico includes a private recreational component and a for-hire component. Both are subject to the same management measures […]