Letter to Gulf Governors from Bass Pro Shop CEO
Bass Pro Shops
2500 E. Kearney Street
Springfield, MO 65898
April 15, 2015
The Honorable Greg Abbott Governor State of Texas P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711
The Honorable Bobby Jindal Governor State of Louisiana State Capitol, 4th Fl, Baton Rouge, LA 70804
The Honorable Robert Bentley Governor State of Alabama 600 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36130
The Honorable Rick Scott Governor State of Florida 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL32399
The Honorable Phil Bryant Governor State of Mississippi P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Dear Governors Abbott, Bentley, Bryant, Jindal and Scott:
I wish to express my sincere appreciation and support for the recent plan released by each of your marine fisheries departments that describes joint state management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which in recent years has experienced decreasing recreational fishing opportunities under federal management.
Given the outstanding track record of fisheries conservation that your states have demonstrated over many decades, I am confident that cooperative state management of Gulf red snapper will allow the stock to continue its successful rebuilding progress while allowing for reasonable public access.
Bass Pro Shops is dedicated to ensuring the health of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources, as well as the public’s access to our lands and waters. With over thirty current or planned stores in the five Gulf states, Bass Pro Shops is a strong partner with the state fish and wildlife agencies in your states to ensure that our customers have healthy, abundant and accessible fish and wildlife populations to pursue.
While Gulf red snapper management has proven to be immensely challenging, I am confident that management under your states’ plan will maintain a healthy and robust red snapper fishery while better addressing the needs of the 3 million anglers in the Gulf region. Thank you again for your leadership on this very important issue.
John L. Morris