At the end of this past week NOAA issued a Southeast Fishery Notice Bulletin to Northwest Florida and dealt out some pretty good news. Recreational red snapper season got extended until 12:01am of June 17, 2012. This statement is sure to create some optimistic outlooks for a chance to capitalize on a huge market in our immediate area that was beginning to look a little down for the remaining days of the season.
‘Common Sense’ Fishery Management
NOAA issued the notice due to several days that packed bad weather and high waves. The wave height average reached upwards of a consistent four feet on four separate buoys in the Gulf of Mexico and in comparison to last year, the decision to lengthen the season was made. Tropical storm Debbie also took a toll on the fishing industry for the entire Gulf of Mexico with strong winds and large surges. Projections show that the loss of fishing days will not make it possible for the red snapper quota to be met by July 10th.
With the season’s six day extension, this allows charter boats and local fisherman to extend their time on the water hauling in one of the most desired, and delicious, fish our great gulf has to offer. With efforts from local anglers, charter boat captains, and other vested parties, the gracious request was met with wonderful regards.
Local Efforts Made the Difference
Operations Manager from Captain Anderson’s Marina had released in a statement, “In an unprecedented move by the Southeast Regional Fisheries, Admin. Dr. Roy Crabtree, data was gathered comparing the seas in2011 and 2012 at the weather buoys in the Gulf to determine what the difference might have been. They calculated, conservatively, what days would have been lost to fishing, and lengthened the season by 6 days.”
The well fought for determination is a blessing for this area and the residents that depend on the resources that Panama City Beach has to offer to provide their families in the best way possible.
State Representative Steve Southerland also played a key role in the outcome. Representative Southerland is also involved in the RESTORE Act, which was passed and will help bring significant economic boosts through several stock assessments for key species and create artificial reefs to increase the habit for reef fish.
Enormous thanks to Pam Anderson and the folks at Capt. Anderson’s Marina where, “the fish are always biting and the kids are always smiling." Good things are happening and that brings some news the Panama City Beach area definitely doesn’t mind hearing. So if you’re a fisherman or just enjoy dining on what the fishermen bring in, Red Snapper season ends June17th, 12:01am. Happy fishing.
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