On the other hand, I hope the Gulf Council will take a close look at an idea actually proposed in 2016 by Bob Shipp, in the Sport Fishing article, "The Great Gulf Red Snapper Train Wreck" — that of depth/distance-based management.
I think it's fair to say that few exceed Shipp, a fisheries biologist (Ph.D.), Gulf fish/fisheries expert, avid angler and a member of the Gulf Council, when it comes to knowledge of red snapper.
Shipp's approach would set areas open for recreational fishing based on the depth or distance from shore. Beyond a certain depth (e.g. 150 feet) or a certain distance from shore (e.g. 20 miles), the waters would be closed to recreational red-snapper fishing. Inside that depth, red snapper fishing would be allowed, subject to bag/size/seasonal limits. In theory, this would provide an area for the species to thrive and replenish the shallower waters. And it could provide longer seasons for anglers.