National Marine Manufacturers support of state-based red snapper management
The Honorable Greg Abbott
State of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
The Honorable Robert Bentley
State of Alabama
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
The Honorable Phil Bryant
State of Mississippi
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
The Honorable Bobby Jindal
State of Louisiana
State Capitol, 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804
The Honorable Rick Scott
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.
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