South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings for Proposed Federal Fisheries Management Measures August 2014
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Public Hearings and Scoping Meetings for Proposed Federal Fisheries Management Measures
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper.
Gulf Council’s own Red Snapper Advisory Panel rejects sector separation
Even as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council fast-tracks a highly controversial plan to break the recreational red snapper fishery into private boat anglers and charter/for-hire operators, the Council’s own Red Snapper Advisory Panel voted today to reject the concept entirely.
Attend a Public Meeting and speak out against Amendment 40
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a dangerous privatization scheme for Gulf red snapper (see full schedule below). Reef Fish Amendment 40 - Sector Separation proposes to separate charter/for-hire business from the recreational sector and give personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own.
Bills seek to curb unilateral power to designate marine monuments, no-go zones
There is currently no Congressional oversight and no opportunity for public comment or for review of the proposed monument designation through the Antiquities Act.
Since catch share programs are expressly designed to reduce capacity, we are opposed to such programs in the recreational sector since they reduce access to red snapper. In addition, it is very possible that for-hire operators who feel compelled by current circumstances to favor this course of action today could find themselves out of the fishery entirely within just a few years.
It must be emphasized at the outset that it is highly unusual for the name of the applicant, the amount of the quota involved, the names of the applicant’s boats, and the name of the scientist involved in this proposal to be redacted or omitted from the permit. Omissions of such basic, necessary information immediately raise a red flag as to the scientific integrity of this request and make it difficult to ascertain the true implications of this permit application.