Please take a couple minutes of your time to submit your own public comment on the Red Snapper Quota's proposed below. I don't understand why they are projecting smaller total allowable catches in following years. If they are "re-building the fishery", we should be seeing a higher TAC as the years go by, not a smaller TAC. Something doesn't seem right.
Candy


The following Southeast Fishery Bulletin from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers.


SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
(Gulf of Mexico)

FB15-025

Cynthia Meyer
727-824-5305


April 1, 2015


NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to
Red Snapper Quotas in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on changes to the red snapper quotas in the Gulf of Mexico. As recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee, the red snapper acceptable biological catch would increase from 11.0 million pounds (mp) whole weight to those values provided in the table below, including the quotas, acceptable biological catches, and annual catch targets in mp whole weight.


Year Acceptable Biological Catch Total Quota Commercial Quota Recreational Quota Recreational Annual Catch Target
2015.................14.30...................14.30 .............. 7.293.....................7.007................... .........5.606
2016.................13.96....................13.9 6............. 7.120.......... ..........6.840............................5.473
2017...............+13.74..................13.74.. ........... .7.007......................6.733................. ...........5.386


The red snapper commercial sector is managed under an individual fishing quota program. The increase to the commercial quota would be distributed to quota shareholders on, or shortly after, the effective date of the final rule. The increase to the recreational quota would allow additional days to be added to the red snapper recreational fishing season which will open on June 1, 2015, and close when the catch target is met or projected to be met. The season length will be announced in May 2015.


How to Submit Comments:
NOAA Fisheries must receive comments on this proposed rulemaking no later than April 16, 2015. You may submit comments on the amendment or the proposed rule, identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2015-0036", by one of the following methods:


Electronic Submission:
Go to the federal e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketD...NMFS-2015-0036 click the "CommentNow!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletinmay not be considered.


Mail:
NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Dr. Cynthia Meyer
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505


All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on the regulations.gov website without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible.


Electronic copies of the framework action, which includes an environmental assessment, Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis and a regulatory impact review, may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web Site at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainabl...ramework_quota.


About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
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.