NEEDED: A BETTER WAY TO MANAGE RED SNAPPER ANGLERS IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC

The 2018 recreational red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic is over.  From some reports, things didn’t go too well.

The South Atlantic red snapper population had been badly overfished, but the National Marine Fisheries Service recently determined that it could permit a limited amount of recreational and commercial fishing without leading to overfishing, or a delay in rebuilding the stock.  On the recreational side, it determined that it could allow fishing over three extended weekends in August—August 10-12, and August 17-19.

A lot of people wanted to fish, and what resulted was a classic “derby” fishing event that, from reports, created a situation that was less than ideal for the private-boat fleet, for for-hire vessels or for the red snapper themselves.

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