CCA statement on extended red snapper season
Statement on Proposed Emergency Action to Authorize the Re-opening of the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico
Coastal Conservation Association more than 80,000 members in state chapters along the Gulf Coast and has been an active participant in the federal management of red snapper for more than 20 years. The current situation is unique in the history of this fishery and we would like to commend the Council for taking a pragmatic approach to these unique circumstances.
Coastal Conservation Association is supportive of an extension of the 2010 Gulf red snapper season based on NOAA Fisheries’ findings that 2.3 million pounds of Gulf red snapper quota remains uncaught, primarily as a result of the large closures of federal waters in response to the Deepwater Horizon accident. CCA strongly advises that NOAA Fisheries take all possible precautions to ensure that the proposal to open an extended recreational red snapper season each weekend from Oct. 1 to Nov. 22 does not impact the overall rebuilding schedule of the stock or negatively impact the 2011 season.
With proper monitoring of the stock during the extended season, the proposal stands to provide a much-needed boon to the coastal communities and recreational anglers of the Gulf that were impacted by the oil spill. We believe it is an excellent example of how the Council and the recreational community can work together to find common-sense solutions to complex problems.