Red snapper ( Lutjanus campechanus ) research at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dr. John Dindo , Dauphin Island Sea Lab. OUTLINE. PART I: Red snapper and a history of the fishery PART II: Habitat creation and restoration PART III: Red snapper population assessment.
Dr. John Dindo, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Beginning of oil exploration in western gulf
Commercial Landings (lbs)
big drop as fleet spends more effort off Campeche
move to Campeche complete
increasing local catch by “boats” (vessels <5 tons)
World War II
Boat building boomHistory of the Red Snapper Fishery
2007 New Snapper Regulations???
Clay E. Porch, Stephen C. Turner, and Michael J. Schirripa. 2004. The commercial landings of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico from 1872 to 1962. SEDAR7-AW-22 (data 1880-1962).
John R. Poffenberger and Stephen C. Turner. 2004. Documentation on the preparation of the database for the red snapper stock assessment SEDAR workshop. SEDAR7-AW-17rev. (data 1962-2003)
Corp of Engineers pre-permitted since 1987
Estimated over 20,000
structures deployed since 1958
Alabama’s Artificial Reef System
slide courtesy of Will Patterson
Net movement from NCG to east, southeast
Little observed movement to west
Captains Mike and Skipper Theirryand the crew of the boats “Lady Ann” and “Escape”
Tech Support, boat time, fishing volunteers and graduate students