|Snapper, grouper program on three Orange Beach charters|
January 2, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Thanks to a pilot program including three Orange Beach-based fishing charters, visitors to Alabama’s Gulf Coast have an opportunity to catch and keep red snapper outside of the typical summer season.
According to collaborative manager Capt. Randy Boggs, “this program was designed by headboat captains who wanted to find a better way to regulate recreational for-hire fishing, one that would ensure strict adherence to catch limits but without being constrained by short fishing seasons.”
Program overviewThe Gulf Headboat Collaborative (GHC) is a group of 17 headboat captains from Brownsville, Texas to Tampa, Fla., who are testing a new allocation-based management program that will allow them the freedom and flexibility to fish for red snapper and gag grouper when it is best for their businesses and customers. Granted an experimental fishing permit by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), this pilot program has two years to be successful.
Through strict monitoring and reporting requirements, the EFP will allow the headboats in the collaborative to catch the same number of fish they would normally catch during the short fishing seasons but to take anglers fishing anytime during the calendar year. Participating headboats will test new electronic data collection methods and collaborate with academic researchers to help answer important management questions about this new approach to managing recreational for-hire fishing.
Orange Beach charters
“Locally, we have three headboats that are participating in the program,” Boggs said. “Since this is a federally permitted program, we want fishing charter guests and those anglers on personal vessels to be clear that red snapper season is not open for everyone. Our program goal is that once we prove this fishery management model to be successful, that the powers-that-be will expand it to all recreational fishing charters. For now and the next two years, guests wishing to catch red snapper outside of the typical season should contact the locally participating headboats.”
Orange Beach-based headboats participating in the 2014 GHC are as follows:
Gulf Winds II and Reel Surprise Charters
Both located at SanRoc Cay Marina (27267 Perdido Beach Blvd; Orange Beach, AL 36561), Phone: 251-981-7173 or Toll Free: 800-806-7889. Send email inquiries to email@example.com or visit reelsurprisecharters.com.
Zeke's Lady Charters
Located at Zeke’s Landing Marina (26619 Perdido Beach Blvd; Orange Beach, AL 36561), Phone: 251-981-4044. Send email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit zekeslanding.com.
From Jan. 1 through May 23, 2014, these three headboats are offering an eight-hour fishing charter for $125 per person that will allow each guest to catch and keep a maximum of two red snapper. Tip and fish cleaning are not included in this price.
Six-hour charters are also available on these three headboats at a cost of $85 per person, and each customer may purchase the ability to catch and keep two red snapper at $20 per snapper tag.
For more information about the GHC, visit gulfheadboat.com.
To learn more about the Gulf Headboat Collaborative, check out these frequently asked questions: gulfheadboat.com/faq/.
To view a PDF of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) press release on this program, go to report.
About Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism:
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism serves as the official destination marketing organization for the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in addition to the unincorporated area of Fort Morgan. To learn more about Alabama’s 32 miles of sugar white sand, visit either Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. This convention and visitors bureau is an accredited Destination Marketing Organization (2012-2016) and is an official corporate sponsor of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).