Alabama conservation officials holding red snapper meeting in March

Mobile, AL (WKRG) - Officials with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division will be holding a conference on the state's red snapper population in two weeks.  The meeting will review changing regulations and how to improve the population.  

Red snapper and fishing limits have been a point of contention between state fishermen, Alabama officials and federal regulators for years.  Officials say this meeting will be in their words to "highlight recent management and research of red snapper ecology offshore of Alabama."

Last year the snapper season was suddenly extended for recreational anglers.  More time was given on the water.  The trend in recent years has been to cut back on the number of days on the water out of fears of overfishing.  

The meeting will be Thursday, March 22nd at the Holiday Inn located in downtown Mobile.  

The topics to be covered include the following:

  • Spatial distribution, abundance, and age composition of red snapper
  • Artificial reefs and use by red snapper
  • Estimates of fishing mortality
  • Use of mandatory angler reporting to estimate recreational harvests
  • Fishery-independent methods to estimate red snapper biomass. --Conservation News Release

For more information on the meeting, click here.  


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