Earlier this month the South Atlantic was hit with a number of closures. Many fishermen will be off the water until April 2013 and now the Southeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service has announced another closure.
The Commercial Vermillion Snapper fishery will close on September 28th, 2012. The fishery has exceeded its catch limit and will be closed through the end of the year.
This is an important fishery in the region, but short seasons are nothing new to the fishermen. While there was good news for commercial yellowtail snapper fishermen, whose season has been extended, more closures are expected for commercial fishermen in the region. Many are worried about how they will survive such a long time off the water.
There are better ways to manage fisheries, and fishermen in the Southeast deserve better options than this.