Testimony of Holly Binns before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Apr. 2010

For a healthy red snapper population to meet its full reproductive potential, a robust age class structure needs to be achieved. According to the most recent stock assessment, the percentage of the population that is currently estimated to reach its spawning potential has increased to just under seven percent from about three percent a few years ago. But the fishery will not be considered fully recovered until it reaches 26 percent, as it is projected to do by 2032 under the current rebuilding plan. While individual fish are growing larger and the average age is slightly older, the population is still largely composed of smaller and younger fish that are just reaching reproductive maturity.