by Alabama NBC 15
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council heard public opinions on red snapper reallocation. This was the first of nine public hearings that are scheduled throughout the Gulf Coast that the council will take into consideration when making their decision.
Current allocation of Gulf of Mexico red snapper was established in 1990. 51% goes to commercial and 48% to recreational fishermen.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has expressed intent on possibly adjusting the allocation, particularly the recreational sector that has expressed shorter seasons.
“We want to make sure that it is balance. We want to take in as much opinion as we can. We will try to get our facts right to make our decision,” said Johnny Greene, a recreational representative from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council and Gulf Seafood Institute board member.