Sector Separation a Growing Threat to Recreational Red Snapper Season

Posted on April 13, 2011

More light is being shed on the negative impacts of separating the recreational angling sector into "private boat angler" and "charter/for-hire" segments during the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting  this week in Alabama. Coastal Conservation Association has long opposed "sector separation" because it makes recreational anglers compete against each other at a time when there seem to be fewer and fewer opportunities for anglers to pursue fish offshore. That fear has been confirmed by an analysis conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service that examined a variety of scenarios to determine what is likely to happen to the length of the recreational red snapper season if the sector is divided.

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