Council Requests Emergency Rule to Allow Red Snapper Harvest This Year

Limited harvest proposed through recreational three-day weekends and commercial mini-season 

During its meeting in Orlando, Florida members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council requested an emergency rule to provide recreational and commercial fishermen the opportunity to harvest a limited number of red snapper later this year, perhaps by early fall. The Council determined that a total of 13,067 fish could be harvested this year after reviewing the latest estimates of total removals of red snapper (dead discards) that have occurred during 2010 and 2011 under the current moratorium. The red snapper fishery has been closed in South Atlantic federal waters since January 4, 2010 to end overfishing and rebuild the stock as required by Congress through the Magnuson-Stevens Act.