5/19/16 – NOAA Fisheries: FB16-033: NOAA Fisheries Announces Red Snapper Will Remain Closed in South Atlantic Federal Waters in 2016

SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  

(South Atlantic) 

FB16-033

Sustainable Fisheries

727-824-5305   

 

May 19, 2016     

NOAA Fisheries Announces Red Snapper Will Remain Closed in South Atlantic Federal Waters in 2016

NOAA Fisheries announces red snapper will remain closed to commercial and recreational fishing in South Atlantic federal   waters   in   2016. Red snapper remains closed as the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch level.

In 2013, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council developed, and NOAA Fisheries implemented, a standardized process that specifies harvest may only occur in a given year if total removals (landings plus dead discards) in   the previous year were less than the number allowed for population rebuilding. The total removals allowable   for   2015 were 114,000 fish. After evaluating landings and discard information for 2015, NOAA Fisheries determined the estimates of total removals were 276,729 fish; therefore, the fishery remains closed in 2016.

NOAA Fisheries will utilize the same process identified by the South Atlantic Council to determine if the fishery can sustain a 2017 season.

For additional sources of information, including Frequently Asked Questions, details of the standardized   process, and the report of 2015 estimates of red snapper total removals in the South Atlantic Region, please go here:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2016/red_snapper/index.html


Read NOAA FB16-033

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Summary:

Red snapper remains closed as the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable catch level.