National Marine Manufacturers support of state-based red snapper management

Posted on April 01, 2015

The Honorable Greg Abbott

Governor
State of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711

The Honorable Robert Bentley
Governor
State of Alabama
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

The Honorable Phil Bryant
Governor
State of Mississippi
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205


The Honorable Bobby Jindal
Governor
State of Louisiana
State Capitol, 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804

The Honorable Rick Scott
Governor
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

 


Dear Governors Abbott, Bentley, Bryant, Jindal and Scott,

On behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association members of the board, we are writing to you to express our support and appreciation for the plan your states developed for managing Gulf of Mexico red snapper. This fishery is extremely important to the recreational boating and fishing industry, both in the Gulf of Mexico region and nationally, and we are confident that under state-based management the stock can rebuild while allowing for reasonable public access.

By way of background, NMMA is the leading recreational marine industry trade association in North America, representing 1,400 boat, engine, and accessory manufacturers.  NMMA members collectively produce more than 80 percent of the recreational marine products sold in the United States. Recreational boating is a $37 billion industry supporting 35,000 U.S. businesses and employing more than 400,000 people.

Since 1950, the recreational boating and fishing industry collectively has contributed approximately $1 billion to the five Gulf states for fisheries management, conservation and access through the Sport Fish Restoration Program. We willingly make these contributions because we know that the fate of our industry is dependent on sound fisheries management led by state fish and wildlife agencies. The strong partnership between the recreational boating and fishing industry and the states has allowed for thriving fisheries resources and public enjoyment of those resources all across the country.

Given the increasing body of evidence that federal managers are not equipped to meet the challenges of Gulf red snapper management, we must rely on the Gulf states to take over the reins. Your state fish and wildlife agencies are to be commended for not only agreeing to take on this task, but for developing a thorough plan for how they would cooperatively manage the resource.

We stand ready to assist in putting your states’ plan for red snapper management into action. Thank you for the leadership your states have shown on behalf of the three million saltwater anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region and the thousands of businesses that depend on recreational fishing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thom Dammrich  National Marine Manufacturers Association

Ann Baldree   Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats, LLC

Huw Bower   Boston Whaler

Wayne Burdick  Beneteau Inc.

Kris Carroll   Grady-White Boats

Louis Chemi   Navico, Inc.

Yvan Cote   Seastar Solutions

Kevin Grodzki  Brunswick Corporation

Joan Maxwell  Regulator Marin, Inc.

Lori Melbostad  Premier Marine, Inc.

Joseph Neber  Contender Boats, Inc.

John Pfeifer   Mercury Marine

Scott Porter   FORMULA BOATS

Tim Schiek   Sea Ray

Mark Schwabero  Brunswick Corporation

Ben Speciale Yamaha Motor Corporation and Rhea Harbor Resort and Marina