NOAA closed the recreational Red Snapper season on July 24th of this year which was long before the regular closing date of September 30th. The rule is that it will only close early if the quota has been met. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council says that it expects that is has not been met.
NOAA wants to know if you think they have the authority to re-open it after September 30th, and if so, when?
NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comments on a Proposed Emergency Action to Authorize the Re-opening of the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico. To read what is at stake or to do some catch-up with the upcoming ongoing, check out Steve Bransteters two page review: Southeast Fishery Bulletin
National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comments on a Proposed Emergency Action to Authorize the Re-opening of the Recreational Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Fisheries Service has published a proposed emergency rule that, if approved and implemented, would authorize the Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NOAA Fisheries Service to re-open the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season after the September 30, 2010, end of the fishing season. Such a re-opening would only occur if NOAA Fisheries Service determines that the recreational red snapper quota was not met by the 12:01 a.m., local time, July 24, 2010, closure date.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) does not expect the recreational quota was reached during the June 1 through July 23 open season. The area closed to all fishing because of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill is where a substantial portion of the recreational red snapper catch normally occurs. The intent of this proposed rule making is to provide fishermen the opportunity to harvest any remaining recreational red snapper quota later in the year, achieve optimum yield for the fishery, and enhance social and economic benefits to the fishery.
Background: The recreational red snapper fishing season opened on June 1, 2010, and the fishing season ends on September 30, 2010, unless the quota is met before this date. NOAA Fisheries Service projected the quota would be met and on May 3, 2010, announced a 12:01 a.m., local time, July 24, 2010, closure date. NOAA Fisheries Service intends to provide the Council with information regarding the status of the 2010 recreational red snapper quota at its August 16-20, 2010, meeting in Pensacola, Florida. With this information and additional input from the public, the Council can make a decision on when they prefer to re-open the recreational fishing season if the quota has not been met.
Without this proposed rule making, any re-opening of the fishing season could not extend past September 30, 2010, whether the quota was met or not. NOAA Fisheries Service is soliciting public comment on this proposed rule before making a final determination.
Dates: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on August 31, 2010. Comments should focus on whether or not NOAA Fisheries Service should have the authority to re-open the recreational red snapper season after September 30, 2010.
Addresses: You may submit comments, identified by “0648-BA06", by any one of the following methods:
- Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. See instructions below.
- Fax: 727-824-5308, Attn: Steve Branstetter
- Mail: Steve Branstetter, Southeast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries Service, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Instructions for electronic submissions: No comments will be posted for public viewing until after the comment period is over. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.
To submit comments through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov, enter “NOAA-NMFS-2010-0124 " in the keyword search, then check the box labeled “Select to find documents accepting comments or submissions”, then select “Send a Comment or Submission.” NOAA Fisheries Service will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
Comments received by August 31, 2010, will be considered by NOAA Fisheries Service in its decision to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the proposed actions. Comments received after that date will not be considered by NOAA Fisheries Service in this decision. All comments received by NOAA Fisheries Service will be addressed in the final rule.
Copies of an environmental assessment, an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, and a regulatory impact review may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office (see addresses above).
This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the proposed rule. Any discrepancies between this bulletin and the proposed rule published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.
How can we improve these fishery bulletins?
If you have any suggestions on how we may improve future fishery bulletins, please contact:
Kim Amendola, Communication Specialist
Phone: 727-551-5707; FAX: 727-824-5320
If you would like to receive these fishery bulletins via
Let your voice be heard!
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
866 - SAFMC - 10
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
301 - 713-2334 Steve Meyers (x 174) or Brian Hooker (x 173)