Tagged: Gulf of Mexico

Red snapper (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

A Snappy Debate On Red Snapper

Three days is just a drop in the fish bucket compared to 200. Yet that is exactly how long recreational fishers will have to catch red snapper in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The short season will make history and represents a sharp decline from 2006, when the season consisted of approximately 200 days. The change is alarming to anglers and industry fisheries alike and caught the attention of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who invited experts to discuss two major controversies surrounding red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico – the distribution of allotments between commercial and recreational anglers and state versus federal regulations.

Click to enlarge) A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. (Credit: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

Mysteries Of The Under-explored Deep Ocean

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos, George P. Schmahl, and Dr. Jason Chaytor each described recent discoveries from the ocean’s abyss at “The Deep Ocean: Earth’s Final Frontier” congressional briefing sponsored by the House Oceans Caucus.

Gulf of Mexico. (Credit: Google Earth)

Comment Request

The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to describe and analyze a range of alternatives for management actions to be included in Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico.

Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus, are a highly migratory species. (Credit: NOAA)

NMFS Increases Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Daily Retention Limit

NMFS is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category daily retention limit from the default limit of one large medium or giant BFT to four large medium or giant BFT for the September, October through November, and December subquota time periods of the 2015 fishing year.