New Report Provides Red Snapper Recreational Management Options

The American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership joined together to form the Gulf Angler Focus Group (GAFG) to develop a compendium of management options that could help ensure a healthy red snapper stock while providing equitable and reasonable public access working within the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and existing statute.

The GAFG held meetings throughout 2016 with representatives from angler organizations, unaffiliated private anglers, for-hire operators and recreational fishing industry members, and in consultation with all five state fisheries managers from the Gulf region. The GAFG recently released their findings in a comprehensive report which contains detailed information about alternative options for managing the fishery that may produce improved fishing access. The report is called: Examination of Possible Private Recreational Management Options for Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper.

Also available on ASA’s website is a Report Summary and Gulf Angler Focus Group Initiative Process Overview and Phases Summary.

Exposing the Flawed Gulf Red Snapper Management System

Through a series of detailed reports over the past two weeks, WVUE FOX 8’s (New Orleans, La.) investigative reporter Lee Zurik examined the problems surrounding the federal management system of the Gulf red snapper fishery.

Zurik looked at all aspects of the management system. Because the total harvest of Gulf red snapper is split between commercial and recreational anglers, questionable federal data could be shortchanging recreational anglers out of their fair share.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) is working to change the IFQ program by moving management control of Gulf red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states. The plan has been greeted with strong support from the recreational fishing community.

Keep America Fishing has posted FOX 8’s five installments on its website. To view them, click here.