Something fishy

Council seeks red snapper input

What is going on with red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico?

That is what the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council wants to find out.

The council would like to gain a better understanding of what’s happening with red snapper in the Gulf, according to a press release from the council.

“The council recognizes that as active fishermen, you may notice trends or interesting things happening in the Gulf that the scientists and managers may not be aware of yet,” the release said.

A scientific red snapper stock assessment is set to begin in the spring. Anglers are asked to use the council’s Fisherman Feedback Tool as scientists seek to understand the red snapper stock.

Anglers who would like to give input are asked to go to and submit their responses.

Responses are due by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 18.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

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