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    Default Gulf Council June Update

    The Gulf Council met in Key West, Florida last week to make some fishery management decisions. The following is a brief outline of what happened. If you have any questions I suggest you contact me directly at Emily.muehlstein@gulfcouncil.org.
    Also, ‘’like” our Facebook page to receive real time updates on what’s happening. If you’re interested there are maps of some of the scientific sampling that happens around the Gulf in our photos section.

    Your Chum,
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    Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

    Gag and red grouper re-runs
    The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council was presented with the results of the re-run’s of the gag and red grouper projections using the actual 2009 and 2010 landings data.
    The gag projections were not rerun because the difference between the 2010 gag estimated and actual landings was less than one percent.
    The actual red grouper landings were below Total Allowable Catch in 2009 and 2010, and in light of the re-run results the Scientific and Statistical Committee has recommended that the red grouper Acceptable Biological Catch be set at 7.93 million pounds. The council has initiated a regulatory amendment that will increase the red grouper Total Allowable Catch for 2011 through 2016. This will increase the Total Allowable Catch as follows:
    Year Old Total Allowable Catch New Total Allowable Catch
    2011 5.68 Mp 6.88 Mp
    2012 5.90 Mp 7.07 Mp
    2013 6.19 Mp 7.27 Mp
    2014 6.38 Mp 7.41 Mp
    2015 6.54 Mp 7.52 MP
    2016 6.69 Mp 7.72 Mp

    Gag and Red Grouper- Reef Fish Amendment 32
    The Council has decided to postpone final action on amendment 32 until the August 2001 meeting in Austin, TX. The Council has decided to hold additional public hearings in Panama City, Tampa, and Fort Myers, Florida in hopes of gathering more input on the proposed actions in Amendment 32. Meeting date, location, and materials will be provided as soon as possible.


    Red Snapper re-run
    The results of the red snapper re-run projections that included the 2009 and 2010 actual landings data indicated that the Over Fishing Limit could be increased. The Scientific and Statistical Committee determined that the 2011 Total Allowable Catch could be increased by 345,000 pounds. Council has requested that NOAA Fisheries develop an emergency rule that would suspend the September 31st closure date and to assign the entire 345,000 lbs of increased total allowable catch of red snapper to the recreational sector for the 2011 season.

    Council has decided to ask the SEDAR steering committee to conduct a benchmark red snapper stock assessment in 2012.

    Red Snapper Fall Season
    Council was presented with an options paper for an amendment that would revise the structure of the fall recreational snapper season. The three actions contained with in the options paper are:
    1. Revise or eliminate the October through December fixed closed season. Currently, the recreational red snapper season must end by September, 30th. Pushing the possible closure date back will allow Council to have more red snapper season management options.
    2. Provide for weekends only, or weekdays only fishing periods. This would provide Council more options for management in-season and during a supplemental season if the fishery is reopened after being prematurely closed.
    3. Increase the 2012 red snapper Total Allowable Catch based on the 2011 red snapper re-run analyses.

    Public hearings for this regulatory amendment will be held sometime after the August 2011 Council meeting.

    Red Snapper IFQ Share Transfer
    Reef Fish Amendment 26 established the commercial red snapper individual fishing quota system in January, 2007. The Amendment contained a provision that would allow any U.S. Citizen or permanent resident to obtain red snapper Individual Fishing Quota Shares after January 1, 2012. The Council voted to accept the codified regulations, and deemed them necessary and appropriate for submission to the Secretary of Commerce for implementation.


    Generic Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures Amendment
    The Council has decided to postpone final action on the Generic Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures Amendment until the August 2011 Council meeting in Austin, Texas.

    Greater Amberjack
    In April, 2011 Council was presented with the results of the latest greater amberjack update stock assessment. The assessment concluded that the greater amberjack stock continues to be overfished, although the end of 2011 marks the 10th and final year of the amberjack rebuilding plan. The National Standard 1 guidelines from the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require that overfished stocks be managed under rebuilding plans that aim to rebuild stocks in 10 years or less. It is unlikely that the greater amberjack stock in the Gulf will be rebuilt by the end of 2011, so the Scientific and Statistical Committee adjusted the Acceptable Biological Catch Levels for greater amberjack for the 2011 through 2013 to adhere to the National Standards.
    The Council reviewed an options paper that includes actions to modify the greater amberjack rebuilding plan; adjust recreational management measures including vessel limits, minimum size limits, and closed seasons; and adjust commercial management measures including trip limits and closed seasons. Staff will develop a public hearing draft for review at the August Council meeting, and public hearings should be scheduled for sometime before the Council meets in October 2011.

    Earned Income and Crew size Amendment
    The Council reviewed the options paper on the proposed amendment that considers two issues:
    1. Temporary suspension, modification, or elimination of the earned income requirements necessary for commercial reef fish vessel permit renewal.
    2. Increasing or eliminating the crew size requirement that limits the number of crew allowed on dually permitted vessels.
    Staff has been directed to develop a public hearing draft of the amendment for future action by the Council.

    Yellowedge Grouper benchmark Stock Assessment
    The yellowedge grouper benchmark stock assessment concluded that the stock is not considered to be overfished, and overfishing is not occurring.

    Tilefish benchmark Stock Assessment -
    The Scientific and Statistical committee concluded that the benchmark stock assessment conducted for Tilefish did not capture the dynamics of the tilefish stock sufficiently to provide useful management advice. No action was taken by the Council.


    Spiny Lobster (Amendment 10)-
    The Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils took final action on Amendment 10 to the Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan. Actions contained within the amendment include:
    ➢ Removal of some spiny lobster species from the fishery management plan
    ➢ Setting of biological and management reference points
    ➢ Using undersized lobster as lures
    ➢ Modifying tailing requirements

    This amendment will be submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation

    Mackerel- Amendment 18
    The Council approved the public hearing draft for Amendment 18 to the Mackerel Fishery Management Plan. The Amendment contains actions to set Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures for Gulf group king mackerel, Gulf group Spanish mackerel, and Gulf group cobia. It also contains measures to remove cero, little tunny, dolphin, and bluefish from the fishery management plan; to revise the framework procedure; and to separate cobia into Atlantic and Gulf migratory groups.

    Public hearings will be held across the Gulf Coast sometime before the August 2011 Council meeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GandyGirl View Post
    Also, ‘’like” our Facebook page to receive real time updates on what’s happening. If you’re interested there are maps of some of the scientific sampling that happens around the Gulf in our photos section.


    Quote Originally Posted by GandyGirl View Post
    Gag and red grouper re-runs
    The council has initiated a regulatory amendment that will increase the red grouper Total Allowable Catch for 2011 through 2016. This will increase the Total Allowable Catch as follows:
    Year Old Total Allowable Catch New Total Allowable Catch
    2011 5.68 Mp 6.88 Mp
    2012 5.90 Mp 7.07 Mp
    2013 6.19 Mp 7.27 Mp
    2014 6.38 Mp 7.41 Mp
    2015 6.54 Mp 7.52 MP
    2016 6.69 Mp 7.72 Mp
    So how does this amendment affect the recreational and commercial sectors? There's a sizeable increase in the RG TAC, where's it going?

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    My guess is that additional TAC is split up based on historical catch ratios. If I remember correctly, for red grouper, it's something like 60% commercial 40% recreational.

    That logic would be perfectly sound if our states population hadn't changed since 1986 (I think) which is the year they used to establish that historical ratio. I'm not sure that given the growth in recreational numbers, that its still fair to use such old history for allocating current additional TAC
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    "Council has requested that NOAA Fisheries develop an emergency rule that would suspend the September 31st closure date"

    I must be out of the loop. Was recreational red snapper season really supposed to end on Sept 31? I was under the understanding that it closed July 17.
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    gag grouper will either under go a population explosion or a huge NMFS underestimate miscalculation once they feel like the recreational and commercial fishing industry is decimated to their acceptable populace. when the gulf council and NMFS puppeteers have a complete iron grip on the commercial gag grouper fishery the commercial TAC will be multiplied by ten fold but the recreational fisherman will still be limited to a 2 month 2 fish season/bag limit. look how they played the red snapper fishery. gag will be the same way.

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    There is currently an amendment that is in the final stages of being developed (Reef Fish Amendment 32) and one of the proposed actions in the amendment considers an increase in the red grouper bag limit to 3 or 4 fish. Final decisions should be made in August after the Council holds additional public hearings to gather more opinion. I'll let you all know when and where those meetings are scheduled. For now look at this guide to the near future of gag and red grouper to see what the Council is considering.

    http://www.gulfcouncil.org/Beta/GMFM...%20Booklet.pdf

    Red snapper season must close by September 30th (my mistake, there is no sept. 31st) every year. It has closed early for the past few years because the quota is projected to be met before the Sept. 30th season end. I know its a bit confusing... but the Council is trying to remove that solid end date so that it is not so difficult to create those fall seasons if the quota is not met during the summer (like last year).

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    how is data collected for recreational red snapper fishermen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishkilla View Post
    how is data collected for recreational red snapper fishermen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GandyGirl View Post
    There is currently an amendment that is in the final stages of being developed (Reef Fish Amendment 32) and one of the proposed actions in the amendment considers an increase in the red grouper bag limit to 3 or 4 fish. Final decisions should be made in August after the Council holds additional public hearings to gather more opinion. I'll let you all know when and where those meetings are scheduled. For now look at this guide to the near future of gag and red grouper to see what the Council is considering.
    Emily,

    When I got into spearfishing, and I defered to the more experienced spearo's who said the red grouper populations were fine, the Gulf Coast Council didn't listen and reduced the red quota to 1. They then later said their data was wrong and only gave us back 1 of the red they took. So now, if they give us back 1 more we'll still be down from 25% of what we used to be able to take. Sounds like we're still behind in the count and paying the price for their error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades1_99 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishkilla View Post
    how is data collected for recreational red snapper fishermen?
    Recreational red snapper data is collected using the often criticized Marine Recreational Fishing Statistical Survey (MRFSS). NOAA combines 'effort' data which is calculated by a phone survey with 'catch' data that comes from dockside interviews to calculate how many fish are being caught.

    If you want to know more you can check out:
    Recreational Fisheries Statistics - Overview

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    Emily it's actually nice to see you finally engaging in a useful and informative conversation instead of just posting and then never answering any questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leons_Bad_Side View Post
    Emily it's actually nice to see you finally engaging in a useful and informative conversation instead of just posting and then never answering any questions.
    I agree. I'm sure it is not easy as people have intense feelings about all this but thanks for trying to explain.
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