The primary purpose of this study was to obtain baseline information from NOAA-permitted Gulf of Mexico reef fish charter and head boat operators about barotrauma (physical trauma from pressure differences) and best fishing practices. The study is designed to measure change in angler awareness, perceptions, and application of best fishing practices related to the Gulf of Mexico reef fishery. This is the first report from a series of surveys that will be conducted for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) in 2021 and 2024. Read more by clicking the link below!
GSMFC Angler Awareness and Use of Fish Descending Devices (2022)
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