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Regional Recreational Fisheries Contact:

Sean Meehan
Sean.Meehan@noaa.gov
727-824-5330

National Recreational Fisheries Contacts:

Russell Dunn
Russell.Dunn@noaa.gov
727-551-5740

Tim Sartwell
Tim.Sartwell@noaa.gov
301-727-8535

Gulf of Mexico Regional Recreational Fisheries Roundtable Summary

March 30, 2017
Houston, Texas

The Gulf Regional Recreational Fisheries Roundtable was the fifth of nine planned public discussions with saltwater recreational fishermen scheduled through the spring of 2017. These conversations were the latest in a series of agency efforts over the last seven years to develop a strong working partnership with recreational fishermen. A similar set of meetings conducted in 2013 was well received by recreational fishing interests and bolstered mutual understanding of priorities between saltwater recreational fishermen and NOAA Fisheries.

The 2016-2017 discussions looked to build on past progress by creating new and strengthening existing relationships through direct, face to face communication; identifying mutual interests; highlighting regional concerns and priorities; identifying inter-regional issues; and providing NOAA Fisheries with important clarifications and insights to inform regional and national agency planning.

Discussion Summary

This summary is a condensed overview of the general discussion in Houston, Texas; it is not a meeting transcript. Many topics were discussed at length.

Management

Fishery management and changes in the fisheries were the primary focus of discussion during the meeting. Perspectives included:

Research/Data

Long-Term Concerns for the Future of Recreational Fisheries in the Gulf

Fishermen were asked to identify their most significant concerns about the long-term viability of recreational fishing. Issues identified included: