Despite CCA opposition, advisory panel takes step toward catch shares
HOUSTON, TX – Following its meeting March 28-29 in Tampa, Florida, the Limited Access Privilege Program (LAPP) Advisory Panel to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is presenting a suite of options at the Gulf Council meeting next week to aid the struggling charter/for-hire industry and seem to lead inevitably to catch shares and sector separation in the recreational sector.
Dr Horace B Gray Jr says:April 13, 2011 at 2:34 pmSector separation, under a number of scenarios that CCA has shown, would further limit the recreational/private boat fisherman season for red snapper compared to that available to for-hire operators. This flies in the face of a Texas A & M study that shows that the recreational use of this fishery has a greater economic impact than that of tghe charter boats. I urge that such a tactic not be adopted.Stephen Brassett says:April 14, 2011 at 4:13 amWhy would sny recomendations from the LAPP AP make sense? Any panel or program associated with the beliefs of the current administration have not and will not make any sense. They have not shown and proof or made any decisions across the board which would benefit the general population much less a portion of which are sportsmen. Sector separation is a bad idea. You can say one thing for them though, at least they are consistent.Ronnie Fontenot says:April 14, 2011 at 4:48 amIf we really want to fix the snapper industry as a whole we need to crack down on the vietnamese commercial snapper and force them to puncture the air bladder before throwing back in the water. I work in the oil and gas industry and I can’t tell you how many times i have flown to platforms to find a commercial snapper boat fishing at the base of the platform with a trail of snapper leading off for miles with the current. They are measuring the snapper to meet regs, but chunking the snapper that don’t meet the length requirements over board to suffocate. these fish die within a few minutes because the bladder is swelled in their mouth to the point they cannot bring water flow by their guills. thus they die. Thank you for your time!T. Solari says:April 14, 2011 at 6:56 amAny catch share of red snapper should classify charter fisherman and head boats as commercial fisherman and require that they share their quota with the the already existing commercial quota. after all, these are all commercial enterprises aren’t they? The recreational quota should be reserved for the private boat recreational fishermen. They make no money off the reasource and spend the most money per fish in pursuit of it.Ladd Hey says:April 14, 2011 at 9:44 amI have a camp near three head boats. Talking with the owner he says that he can not get many charters because people don’t want to pay the price to cover high diesel costs for two snapper. So he has to keep fishing for mangro snapper and amberjack. Mean while they are catching hundreds of red snapper which are thosed back and die. As a recreational fisher man I spend $500 to $1,000 a trip in LA.plus boat registration, camp taxes, insurance ect. Bus loads of out of state people fish the head boats. They arrive, get on the boat, fish, get back on the bus and leave. The only money they spend is the couple of hundred bucks that goes to the boat owner. I say shut the 63 head boats down. Let them become fishing guides using a smaller boat with less expenses, and fish the same time frame recreational boats do. There is no difference accept they get paid. Any other business has to compete and make money or they close the doors. Why shouild head boats be different?Also, you are looking at old data. Texas A&M (come on! How about using an in state college study? Last year the two days I got to go snapper fishing it took fifteen minutes to limit out. There are a lot more snapper than you think out there.