Monday, March 18, 2013

Scoping: For-Hire Days-At-Sea Pilot Program

Photo: Ben
Despite annual increases in the recreational red snapper quota, the fishing season has become progressively shorter since 1996. This has negatively impacted both private and for-hire recreational fishermen.

The Council is considering a pilot Days-at-Sea program to address the negative impacts that current management measures have had on the for-hire component of the recreational sector.

This issue is at the scoping phase of the fishery management process. The Council wants your input to help identify potential impacts of the pilot program and suggest reasonable alternatives to solve the problems.

Photo: Mark Miller

There are a couple of ways to get involved.

First, you can learn more about the issues being addressed and the proposed pilot program by reading the full document; reading this handy-dandy guide; or watching this video presentation:

Next, you can send us your thoughts and answers to the questions we pose using this online comment form.

We also invite you to learn more and speak with us directly at one of the following scoping workshops: 

Photo: Barry Baham
March 25, 2013 
Gulfport, Mississippi 
Courtyard Marriott 
1600 E. Beach Blvd. 
Gulfport, MS 39501 
(228) 864-4310

March 26, 2013
Orange Beach, Alabama 

Fairfield Inn & Suites 
3111 Loop Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561 

(251) 543-4444

March 27, 2013
Destin, Florida
Destin Community Center 

101 Stahlman Ave. 
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 654-5184

Photo: Mike Jennings

Naples, Florida
Courtyard Marriott 
3250 US 41 N. 
Naples, FL 34103 
(239) 434-8700

April 1, 2013
Galveston Island, Texas 
Hilton Galveston Island 
5400 Seawall Blvd. 
Galveston Island, TX 77551 
(409) 744-5000

April 2, 2013
St. Petersburg, Florida

Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park 
Photo: Mike Jennings
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

(727) 540-0050

Corpus Christi, Texas
Hilton Garden Inn
6717 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412 
(361) 991-8200

April 3, 2013
Kenner, Louisiana
Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport 

2829 Williams Blvd.
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 467-5611 

* Workshops begin at 6pm and conclude no later than 9pm.

As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to email us at