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Public Hearings and Webinar Set for Red Snapper Sector Separation

Comments welcome for hearings on May 23 through May 26 and webinar on May 31

May 20, 2016

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold public hearings next week and a webinar to take public comments on Reef Fish Amendment 45. The amendment considers management alternatives to extend or eliminate the red snapper sector separation sunset provision.

The American Sportfishing Association opposes a permanent sector separation as it pits segments of the recreational community against each other and limits fishing opportunities for anglers. Instead, managers should explore other options that would improve fishing opportunities for all segments of the recreational fishing community.

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold public hearings next week and a webinar to take public comments on Reef Fish Amendment 45, which considers management alternatives to extend or eliminate the red snapper sector separation sunset provision. John Frazier
Public hearings are scheduled as follows:

Monday, May 23, 2016
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
727-540-0050

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Monday, May 23, 2016
IP Casino Resort
850 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
228-436-3000

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Courtyard Marriott
905 East 23rd Place
Panama City, FL 32405
850-763-6525

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
251-438-4000

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Hampton Inn and Suites
2320 Gulf Freeway South
League City, TX 77573
281-614-5437

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank
275 Whitney Avenue
Gretna, LA 70053
504-366-8535

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn
6717 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
361-991-8200

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Webinar
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Register for Reef Fish Amendment 45 Webinar

The ASA encourage you to attend a meeting and voice your opinion about the alternatives being considered. In addition to providing comments at the public hearings and the webinar, another way to share feedback on Reef Fish Amendment 45 is via the Gulf Council’s website. Written comments should be received by Friday, June 10.

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