Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

FINAL RED SNAPPER COMMERCIAL LANDINGS DATA FOR 1998 SPRING QUOTA

April 27, 1998 - The final numbers are in for the Spring commercial red snapper season, which opened on February 1 and closed April 13. The total commercial catch was 3.12 million pounds, or about 102% of the 3.06 million pound Spring quota. Whether the commercial season reopens on September 1 for the remainder of the 4.65 million pound quota depends upon the effectiveness of shrimp trawl bycatch reduction devices (see story, below).

The 1998 red snapper commercial quota is 4.65 million pounds, subdivided into 3.06 million pounds under a February 1 opening, and 1.59 million pounds (or the remaining quota) under a September 1 opening. The commercial fishery is open the first 2 weeks of each month (noon on the 1st to noon on the 15th) until each sub-quota is reached. Because of the "derby" nature of this fishery, landings are monitored weekly through port agent reports. The table below shows the commercial red snapper landings data to date, as provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office.

Pounds Landed
Reporting Period Texas Central Gulf Florida Total Landings
February 1-7, 1998 149,040 349,015 5,152 503,207
February 8-15, 1998 131,480 438,655 22,400 592,535
March 1-7, 1998 169,376 374,852 12,743 556,971
March 8-15, 1998 127,899 392,673 10,776 531,348
April 1-5, 1998 99,562 235,265 7,323 342,150
April 6-12, 1998 177,798 395,139 19,165 592,102
Total 855,155 2,185,599 77,559 3,118,313

 

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