Red snapper season


If a recreational season is allowed this year for red snapper, the season would last for three days with a one fish per person daily bag limit.


That was the word Wednesday from NOAA Fisheries, provided during a presentation to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Snapper Grouper Committee as part of the Council’s week-long meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia.


NOAA Fisheries is responsible for determining if a season can be allowed each year, based on the annual catch limits for red snapper.


The recreational annual catch limit is currently set at 29,656 fish for the South Atlantic region, covering the Carolinas, Georgia and the east coast of Florida. The recreational sector receives 71.93% percent of the total annual catch limit.


The 2020 recreational opening is contingent on a change to current regulations that do not allow the recreational season to open if NOAA Fisheries determines the season to be three days or less.


According to NOAA Fisheries, preliminary landings during the 5-day 2019 recreational season totaled an estimated 49,674 fish, exceeding the current recreational annual catch limit. As a result, the season would need to be reduced in 2020.


Halifax Rowing gold


The Halifax Rowing Association’s youth and adult teams were in a recent competition and walked away with three gold medals and four other podium finishes.


The HRA squad traveled to the Sarasota Invitation and competed in a lake at Nathan Benderson Park.


The HRA Masters (adult rowers) led the way with a first-place performance. Dimund Oppenheimer and Sami Bay teamed up to win the gold in the Women’s Masters 2X.


The Halifax Rowing High School team bagged a pair of golds. The locals nabbed the Boys Novice 4 and coxswain. The winning team was


Connor Ehmann, Garrett Miles, Connor Humphries, Zachary Silvers and Matthew Stresen-Reuter.


Ehmann, Miles, Silvers, Humphries and Stresen-Reuter joined Colin Molnar, Kevin Steinmann, Casey Brantley and Teagan Pytel to capture top prize in the Novice Boys 8+.


Other podium finishes from HRA were:


High School Boys 2X, third place, Thomas Spelmans and Dylan Anderson;Girls 2X, third, Taylor Francis and Ella Smiley; and Women’s Masters Novice 1X, third, Jamie Miles.