Red grouper catch quota increases after lower than predicted 2010 landings

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA

After a 10-month reduction in allowable catch for red grouper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service on Monday announced it will increase the quota by 1.2 million pounds. That increase, which officially begins on Wednesday, still keeps the quota nearly 1 million pounds shy of last year, but Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries Service, says that “due to lower than predicted landings in 2010” quotas probably will increase in the next three years.

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