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Red Snapper is one of the most highly targeted species in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Since the 1980’s, this fishery has been listed as overfished, and anglers have seen continued drastic reductions in both season and bag limits. Despite the stock being classified as overfished, the population is recovering rapidly, and anglers are seeing more Red Snapper than ever. Anecdotal and stock assessment reports both indicate higher abundances of snapper, but these reports continue to be met with reductions in season length. This unique enigma has led to heated conflicts regarding allocation among user groups in the fishery. Much of the concern could be allayed with better data. The National Marine Fisheries Service has been attempting to solve this problem by improvements to and recalibrations of the recreational data survey process, but the uncertainty of recreational catches continues to be a problem.

 

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The Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is a center at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies where Dr. Greg Stunz is also the Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health...

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