NOAA Turns a Blind Eye

How manipulation and corruption are making a mockery of federal fisheries management

Posted on March 07, 2017 by Jeff Angers, Sportfishing Magazine

scalesThis question often comes up in discussions about the federal fisheries management process: Why are people who profit from the harvest and sale of America’s marine resources allowed to sit on management bodies that make regulations governing those resources?

It’s a good question.

The most contentious issue in the Gulf of Mexico is privatization of the red snapper fishery in which millions of dollars’ worth of a public resource was gifted to select commercial operators to harvest for their own personal profit. Gifted, for free. Yet, someone who owns red snapper shares can sit on the Gulf Council and vote on every aspect of that fishery. And one does.