The Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery has been plagued by controversy for years – but this year has been different.

Through a pilot program, each Gulf state has been able to manage the 2018 red snapper season for private anglers. This has resulted in reasonable seasons and improved data collection across the board. The pilot program ends next year and recreational fishers need a long-term solution to allow states to continue to manage this fishery and avoid returning to the shortened seasons under federal management.

Now there is an opportunity on the horizon that could do just that. 

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) is currently considering making state management permanent through State Management of Recreational Red Snapper Draft Amendment 50. This amendment would provide flexibility to the Gulf states to set the recreational red snapper fishing season and potentially other management measures, much like under the current pilot program.

The GMFMC will hold ten public hearings and a webinar to solicit public comments on Draft Amendment 50. Please consider attending one of these meetings or the webinar to voice your support for Draft Amendment 50. Click the button below for the schedule of meetings.

If you can’t attend a meeting in person, click “Take Action” to make a comment.