By admin ~ April 30th, 2013. Filed under: Gulf Coast-West.
In a move considered largely political, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) recently mandated an even shorter red snapper season in the Gulf waters offshore of Texas and outside the nine mile boundary of state jurisdiction. While projecting the red snapper season for most Gulf waters in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to be just 27 days long in 2013, the plan off Texas is for the season to be just 11 days, and it could even be as short as 2 days. This action will further apply to Louisiana and Florida, as they are also “inconsistent” with federal regulations for red snapper, both in the length of the season in state waters (in Texas, there is NO closed season; Florida’s recently-announced season would be open for 44 days) and in size and bag limits.