Captain Paul, do you happen to know the location of the shipwreck Halo in the GI 114 block. It was sunk by submarine in 1942 and was not discovered until 2000 by C&C Technologies in a pipeline survey for Pogo producing company. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hooked into 3 sailfish just south of LOOP approximately 25 miles offshore on October 10, 2015. We landed one, lost one behind the boat in the prop wash, and the big one is probably still tail walking on its way to Cozumel. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time. The fish were actually holding about 200 yards on the up current side of the drill ship.
Gulf Council Votes to Shorten Recreational Red Snapper Season
Council Needs to Explore New Management Ideas Now
April 10, 2014
Matthew Smelser, (512) 691-3420, email@example.com
(Baton Rouge, LA April 10, 2014) The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, an appointed body of state and federal fishery managers for the regions federal fisheries, voted in favor of an emergency measure today that will limit the recreational red snapper season to 11 days with a two fish per day, per angler limit. This decision comes after a federal judge ruled the current management of the recreational fishery illegal.
The Council faced a May 15, 2014 deadline by the court to adopt adequate accountability measures that must ensure the recreational fishery will not exceed its harvest limit. According to its own data, the failed recreational management policies implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Council led to overharvesting of red snapper during six of the last seven recreational fishing seasons. The shortening of the 2014 season is a result of the Council applying a buffer to ensure that landings remain within the fisherys sustainable limit.
As the overfished red snapper population rebuilds, it is important for the Council to keep the fishery within a sustainable limit set by scientists. We can understand the time limits the Council faced for the 2014 season, but closures and limited seasons are never going to work, they havent worked for years, and it is time for the Council to step up, said Pamela Baker, Gulf of Mexico Director for Environmental Defense Funds Oceans program. The Council needs to examine new ideas that can give anglers the flexibility to fish year-round and for-hire businesses the freedom to take customers out for red snapper when it makes sense for them and do all of this while conserving the red snapper population for generations to come.
The Councils vote will need to be approved by the Secretary of Commerce in order to take effect for the 2014 season, which is set to start on June 1st. A decision today by the state of Louisiana to adopt a year-round recreational fishing season in state waters, a move that will make the state fishery inconsistent with federal regulations, will likely decrease the length of the red snapper season even further.
Until the Council adopts long-term solutions to the shortened seasons recreational fishermen are facing, this chaos will continue throughout the Gulf, said Baker.
The red snapper fishery faced this kind of turmoil in the commercial sector several years ago before implementing a year-round individual fishing quota program that has kept commercial fishermen within their sustainable limit since 2007. It is time for the Council to overhaul management as it did when it fixed the commercial fishery. There is no reason to continue the chaos and economic and ecological waste of the current system, said Baker. This outdated and misguided approach directly prevents recreational fishermen from reaping benefits of the rebuilding red snapper fishery, like longer and more predictable seasons.
There were positive steps made this week by the Council through its support of a pilot project for Alabama charter for-hire operators. The pilot would test an allocation-based management program for charter for-hire boats that is similar to a pilot already underway with 17 headboat operators in Florida, Alabama and Texas. The Council also moved forward in developing an individual fishing quota management plan for the Gulfs recreational for-hire fleet. This would be a permanent management change using a similar approach to both of these pilots.
Fixing management for the recreational for-hire industry should remain a priority for the Council. These pilots and the proposed management plan are important steps toward solving the problems facing anglers in the Gulf of Mexico, said Baker. The Council should apply this same urgency to fixing failed management for the entire recreational fishery.
Unfortunately, the Council took a step back by continuing to pursue the distraction of Amendment 28, a proposal that would take a portion of the commercial red snapper fishery and give it to the recreational fishery. The Council voted by a one-vote margin to attach must-pass accountability measures to Amendment 28. This move was a clear attempt to force support for a controversial reallocation scheme that is opposed by every restaurant association in the Gulf as well as the National Restaurant Association, many fishermen, seafood businesses, and Environmental Defense Fund.
The Council needs to move beyond the distraction of reallocation and focus on management changes that can actually improve fishing for recreational fishermen, said Baker. Management changes like tags and for-hire quota programs could provide longer seasons and better fishing opportunities while conserving fish populations for future generations. Reallocation will do none of these things over the long-term.
The next meeting of the council will take place June 23 through 27 in Key West, Florida. Further debate on new management ideas for recreational fishermen, reallocation of red snapper, and other issues will likely be on the agenda.
I haven't seen any posts here regarding anyone being checked for red snapper, but it seems like the Feds are patrolling the 3-mile limit writing people up. The biggest surprise to me is the state game wardens patrolling offshore and checking for red snapper. I would have thought they would not have done anything to discourage fisherman, based on their position of the ruling on the season and the assessment of the stock. Seems kind of crazy that the state would open the season 365 days in response to the ruling, but yet send a bunch of boats offshore to write tickets.
'Don't start making plans to fish for red snapper in October just yet.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Reef Fish Committee heard Tuesday that recreational catch estimates generated by new data-collection methods far exceeded the sector's 2013 quota during the 28-day June season.
The new data-collection methods were implemented as part of the Marine Recreational Information Program.
The uncertainty surrounding the exact cause of the overrun - the new methodology or actual changes in fishermen's habits - now has a fall season shrouded under a cloud of doubt.
'The preliminary estimates indicate the catch in June was higher than anticipated,' said National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office Administrator Roy Crabtree. 'What we have to do is try to figure out if the increased catch was a function of the change in methodology or an actual change in the fishery.'
Crabtree said scientists believe the change in methodology may be doing a better job of reflecting the total catch since federal landings estimates from Louisiana found with the new data are similar to estimates generated by the state.'
Has anyone fished or found the rip out of GI or Fourchon recently. Was wondering how far out or blocks it is running through before I ran out blindly trying to find it if it is 90 miles offshore. Any response would be greatly appreciated.
Everyone fishing offshore, I think we should make it a habit of posting reports of getting checked for snapper or accounts of others getting checked. This will be a great tool in keeping those of us fishing out of trouble. I fished this weekend out of Grand Isle and felt like a moonshiner. We left around noon and were back for 5:00. No coast guard in site, but I did come back perpendicular to the center of the island and headed west to Camanada when I was at the 3 mile mark.
With all of this confusion about the red snapper season and where state waters are or or not, who will actually be responsible for the Federal Enforcement if LDWF will allow fishing to the 10 mile limit during the season??? LDWF is cautioning us that we can still be checked and sited outside of the 3 mile boundary. Who would be enforcing this??? NOAA Fisheries, Coast Guard, US Fish and Wildlife, all 3??? I have to say, I have never been checked by anyone other than LDWF at the dock or offshore. Thanks for any input. Don't quite know if I should be excited about the upcoming season or depressed because there will not be a season. Also, how will people to the West of Grand Isle even fish for red snapper? I have never caught anything in less than 80' of water.