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20201202T0900 20201202T1000 America/Chicago The Great Red Snapper Count Panel (LIVE EVENT)

The red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) is a popular target of the recreational and commercial fishing industries throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Historical overharvesting resulted in an overfished red snapper population. There is some disagreement among resource managers, fishermen and environmental groups surrounding the 2014 and earlier stock assessments for red snapper. Much of the disagreement centers on the accuracy of estimating the red snapper population around oil and gas platforms, artificial reefs and other structures considers to be difficult to sample using traditional sampling methods such as trawl surveys. 

In FY 2016, Congress directed the National Sea Grant College Program to implement a competitive research for red snapper fisheries data collections, surveys and assessments independent of the National Marine Fisheries Service. In the fall of 2017 a research team, made up of 21 scientists from 12 institutions of higher learning, a state agency and a federal agency, was awarded $9.5 million in federal funds for the project; with matching funds from the universities, the project will total $12 million. This panel will include scientists, fishermen and resource managers who will discuss the role of science in informing fisheries managers.

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Red snapper

The red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) is a popular target of the recreational and commercial fishing industries throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Historical overharvesting resulted in an overfished red snapper population. There is some disagreement among resource managers, fishermen and environmental groups surrounding the 2014 and earlier stock assessments for red snapper. Much of the disagreement centers on the accuracy of estimating the red snapper population around oil and gas platforms, artificial reefs and other structures considers to be difficult to sample using traditional sampling methods such as trawl surveys. 


In FY 2016, Congress directed the National Sea Grant College Program to implement a competitive research for red snapper fisheries data collections, surveys and assessments independent of the National Marine Fisheries Service. In the fall of 2017 a research team, made up of 21 scientists from 12 institutions of higher learning, a state agency and a federal agency, was awarded $9.5 million in federal funds for the project; with matching funds from the universities, the project will total $12 million. This panel will include scientists, fishermen and resource managers who will discuss the role of science in informing fisheries managers.





Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
 LaDon Swann
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
 JIM FRANKS
USM-GCRL-FISHERIES CENTER
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program
Dr. LaDon Swann
Misssippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
Dr. Stephen Sempier
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
 Crystal  Hightower
University of South Alabama/Dauphin Island Sea Lab
The University of Southern Missisippi
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Mr. Michael BrochardThanks guys, great panel.
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Dr. Stephen SempierThe red snapper project was an impressive undertaking that had phenomenal results. If resources were available which species would you prioritize for future projects of this size and scope and why?
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Tara Moore Skelton Greater Amberjack is up next.
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Tara Moore SkeltonAny other questions? I'll get them to the speakers.
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Mr. Mike McDonoughWith the high % found on unidentified habitat, what are implications for red snapper and AR's per attraction vs production?
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Tara Moore Skelton From Greg Stunz: Answer: The good news they are hard to exploit over that habitat, b/c they are largely unknown locations. For Attraction/Production, the science now shows that both attraction AND production occurs on artificial reef. So, we really get the best of both worlds. Also, fishing over areas of lower abundance (Art Reef), you can direct the fishing pressure from the more sensitive natural area that are irreplaceable. It also explains how quickly the fishery recovered (faster than biological predictions) when the nearby unclassified bottoms can help replenish the population.
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Ms. Cynthia HobsonI keep hearing someone coughing and clearing their throat
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Tara Moore Skelton I took care of it--thanks for letting me know.
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Tara Moore SkeltonPlease put questions for the panelists in the chat and I will make sure they get them. Thank you.
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