A Lot Left to Learn

NOAA’s insistence on converting state red snapper data into cryptocurrency is stretching credibility beyond the limits.

By Ted Venker CCA Conservation Director Trying to make sense of federal red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico has often been a sore trial for recreational anglers, but now even the Gulf states are grappling with the ongoing absurdity. The long and twisted trail putting future red sna... Read More

Bureaucratic Glitch Threatens Snapper Season

Bureaucratic Glitch Threatens Snapper Season - By Kirk Patterson, Chairman - CCA Alabama Government Relations CommitteeSpring has arrived. Just a few more weeks of school before families fill boats and head out from ports across the Gulf of Mexico to fish and enjoy the warm weather and waters &helli... Read More

Clock ticking for snapper anglers

Decision whether to penalize Mississippi, Alabama anglers put off until April

At its virtual meeting last week, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council decided to put off a decision that could severely reduce the recreational red snapper quota for Alabama and Mississippi anglers until its April 2021 meeting. Unfortunately, the Council has struggled for the past severa... Read More

Red Snapper Count reveals decades of NOAA inaccuracy

Snapper count should be final nail in NOAA’s inept management of red snapper. This week, the public and Congress finally heard why nothing seemed to add up in federal management of Gulf red snapper. It turns out that NOAA just doesn’t count snapper very well. After more than a decade of utter mana... Read More