Posted by CCA Florida
Published: 18 January 2017
Last Updated: 18 January 2017
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and staff are to be commended for proposing innovative measures for red snapper management in the Atlantic. Under the current restraints on this fishery, without a fresh look at management options it is unlikely a season for red snapper would open in the foreseeable future. We appreciate their efforts and the opportunity to comment on the scoping phase of Amendment 43.
One of the fundamental problems with red snapper is the large number of estimated dead discards, which are literally overwhelming the allowable mortality. The discards are preventing any chance of opening a season for red snapper harvest. Few, if any, of the suggested management options in this scoping document would matter unless and until the number of dead discards is reduced. However, the first thing that must be done is verify that the current estimate of discards is accurate. We hope the Council, as a first step, would have the Science and Statistical Committee re-examine the current discard mortality estimate to ensure it is the best and most current estimate.
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