Articles about Gulf red snapper
Three-day season in 2017 marks new low in federal management of popular fishery
Louisiana representative takes on corrupt federal fisheries privatization program
Already well-known for his leadership on legislation to move management of the troubled Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the states, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves is now playing a leading role in an unflinching critique of the federal government’s efforts to privatize Gulf fisheries for a select few commercial harvesters in a five-part investigative series by Fox8/New Orleans.
King mackerel “sharing” plan latest example of need for overhaul
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico managed by the federal government are becoming an even more unfriendly place for recreational anglers.
Controversial sector separation ruling goes to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Failed reallocation amendment comes to a disappointing close
Gulf of Mexico red snapper anglers out of options under federal management
Henry Ford once said, “Don’t find fault; find a remedy.”
While it is easy to blame the rapid decline in recreational fishing opportunities for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico on federal mismanagement, Nick Wiley, director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the other four Gulf states marine fisheries directors have agreed on a simple, proven remedy for the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico – let the states manage it.
Environmental group, charter/for-hire, commercial harvesters join forces to oppose CCA lawsuit
Coastal Conservation Association’s stand against Amendment 40 has now drawn formal opposition from all the groups actively promoting privatization of public marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The Charter Fishermen’s Association formally intervened on behalf of the federal government’s highly controversial plan for Gulf red snapper in May and in recent weeks both the Environmental Defense Fund and the Shareholder Rights Alliance have filed Amicus Briefs in support of the federal government.
I recently read an editorial that suggested recreational anglers should look to the North American Wildlife Conservation Model (North American Model) for answers to the red snapper management debacle in the Gulf of Mexico. While I'm grateful to see this highly successful and epochal model referenced in this unfortunately contentious debate over one of the South's most iconic saltwater fish species, it became clear that the author, and probably most Americans, are not familiar with the "model" he referenced. Ironically, suggesting recreational anglers look to this model is perhaps the best argument yet for state-based management of our nation's red snapper fishery, as well as all of our important marine recreational fisheries. States, in cooperation and with the support of recreational anglers and the sport fishing industry, have used this model to successfully manage our nation's inland fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all American's for the last century.
Catch shares for charter/for-hire industry on the way
Sen. Shelby seeks much-needed relief for recreational anglers
In an unprecedented display of engagement, Congress is making its displeasure known over the current course of federal management of Gulf red snapper by directly addressing it in a number of recent pieces of legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. Last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS appropriations bill which contains provisions dealing specifically with red snapper, including allocation, state boundaries and stock assessments.
It is difficult to understand why anyone would willingly wade into one of the most difficult fishery management issues in the entire country, much less volunteer for the monumental responsibility of rebooting the whole deal. However, the fisheries directors of all five Gulf states recently offered a plan to assume management of Gulf of Mexico red snapper from the federal government with the belief that they can set it on a more sensible course.
The undersigned organizations and companies are representatives of the vast saltwater
recreational angling community that generates more than $70 billion in economic activity
across the nation. Our hundreds of thousands of members and customers have been the
driving force behind significant conservation victories and marine habitat programs in your
state, and in every coastal state, for decades. In countless ways, these anglers have steadfastly
supported the advancement of marine science and enhanced the capabilities of wildlife law
enforcement agencies. Their sportsmen’s ethic of stewardship and financial support through
license dollars and excise taxes are the very foundation that makes the U.S. model of wildlife
management unique and envied throughout the world.
Sportfishing and boating community welcomes state-based management approach
Recreational fishing is one of America’s greatest outdoor activities. More than 33 million Americans
fish recreationally and it has special significance for people living in and near the Gulf of
Mexico. One of the crown jewels of recreational fishing in the Gulf is red snapper. Americans spend
tens of millions of dollars chasing red snapper in the Gulf -- on boats, gear, gas, food, beverage,
guides, hotels and restaurants. That is, they used to...
More than 1,000 comments opposing Amendment 40 flood Gulf Council
Recreational anglers across the Gulf Coast are letting it be known that they are not happy with the direction of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico, as a monumental vote on the future of the fishery looms next week at a federal fishery management meeting in Mobile, Alabama. In this latest round of comments, more than 1,000 anglers have sent messages to members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in just the last three days asking them to focus on ensuring fair management of Gulf red snapper for everyone and not just select individuals.
Florida, Louisiana, Texas urge Gulf Council to back away from Sector Separation
The state wildlife management commissions of Florida, Louisiana and Texas have delivered a clear message to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to slow down the rush to divide the recreational sector and further exclude private boat recreational anglers from the red snapper fishery. In a series of letters to the Gulf Council, each state voiced concern that Amendment 40 – Sector Separation is overly divisive and will do little to solve the fundamental management problems in the fishery.
As an avid Mississippi Gulf Coast recreational angler, I'm dismayed that we've allowed red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico to become so convoluted and polarized. Amendment 40, also known as "sector separation," currently before the Gulf Council seeks to drive a wedge between the charter/for-hire and private recreational angler as a solution to the inept federal management of red snapper. Mississippi is the perfect example of where, as the fish get bigger and the quota is reached more quickly, we have fewer days to fish. With virtually no red snapper reefs within Mississippi state waters, our recreational anglers are slowly being squeezed out of the fishery with ridiculously short federal seasons. However, the best solution the Gulf Council can come up with for recreational anglers is to squeeze even more anglers out of the fishery with sector separation? I think not - we can do better than that.
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.
Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Reallocation Briefing Document
Gulf Council moves forward with amendment to modernize allocation
Times Picayune Guest Editorial
Early in October, news came that more than 130 chefs, restaurant owners, fishermen and seafood industry leaders had partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to launch a new propaganda campaign called "Share the Gulf.” The goal of this benignly labeled effort is to maintain 51 percent of the red snapper harvest for commercial fishermen and 49 percent to recreational fishermen – an allocation that was set using harvest data from the mid-1980s.
Lawsuit seeks to restrict Gulf recreational red snapper anglers
Gulf Senators file Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Conservation Act of 2013
New stock assessment a chance for Gulf Council to fix mistakes of the past
Insurrection boils over as feds announce 9-day red snapper season
Colonists in the Northeast responded to what they considered unfair British tax policies with the Boston Tea Party protest. Similarly, states bordering the Gulf of Mexico last week signaled their displeasure with federal red snapper management; their “tea party” came in the form of a bill introduced in the U.S. House by representative Jo Bonner (R-Ala), as well as individual states announcing their refusal to comply with federal snapper laws.
If there’s one thing that the federal government has told Gulf fishermen for more than a decade, it’s that our most popular fish is in danger of overfishing. The government has even gone so far as to impose extreme catch restrictions that border on the absurd. That’s what makes a recent video showing the destruction of Red Snapper at the direction of the federal government all the more bizarre and infuriating.
The surreal end of the February meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council felt a lot like the ending to The Usual Suspects.
Stretch of bad weather impacts already short Gulf red snapper season
WASHINGTON, DC – A stubborn tropical system that impacted the eastern Gulf of Mexico for more than a week in late June put a significant dent in the shortest red snapper season on record and prompted Florida’s two U.S. Senators to write a letter to the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requesting an extension to the season.
Mountain of evidence points to allocation increases for recreational anglers in the Gulf
With the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council set to review allocations for Gulf red snapper and grouper during its meeting this week in Tampa, Coastal Conservation Association has presented a summary of 19 studies going back to 2000 that show the economic benefits of shifting a greater portion of the allocation of these two species to the recreational sector. All of the studies, conducted by private, academic and government scientists, have been presented to the Gulf Council previously and the Council has chosen to take no affirmative action.
“The days-at-sea program is being sold as a benefit for conservation, data collection and management, but all of those things can be achieved by means other than catch shares and sector separation,” said Bird. “Additionally, the Council could help the entire recreational sector and not just the charter and headboat operators by reallocating the red snapper fishery properly in the first place...”
Snapper and shrimp booming in the Gulf
A report to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on shrimp trawl effort at the Council’s meeting in October indicates that a variety of factors are combining to create the best of all worlds for anglers and the Gulf. The analysis indicates that while shrimping effort is down 78 percent from the three-year average before Hurricane Katrina, the spawning stock for brown and white shrimp is the highest ever and the shrimp industry as a whole had a very profitable year last year.
Research indicates red snapper stocks may be in better shape than previously thought.
A new study by Dr. Bob Shipp, head of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, and Dr. Steve Bortone, the new executive director of the Gulf Council, suggests that red snapper stocks in the Gulf of Mexico are far from decimated.
Lawsuit challenging snapper/grouper data upholds concept of best available science for fisheries management.
WASHINGTON DC – A recent United States Court of Appeals ruling rejected arguments by the commercial fishing industry to overturn regulations designed to end overfishing of snowy grouper and other deep-water species, confirming again that the best available science provides the only viable basis for management of the nation’s marine resources.
CCA-funded study will examine effectiveness of recreational catch-and-release practices
HOUSTON, TX – Less than a month after winning a precedent-setting victory to reduce the impact of shrimp trawl bycatch on Gulf red snapper stocks, Coastal Conservation Association has funded the next step in its ongoing strategy for the conservation of the fishery. CCA Texas approved a request to fund a study at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to assess the catch-and-release mortality of recreationally caught red snapper and to develop best practices for handling and proper release.
HOUSTON, TX – In a stunning repudiation of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s rebuilding plan for red snapper, a federal judge ruled yesterday that NMFS violated the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by its continuing failure to take timely and appropriate steps to rebuild red snapper stocks in the Gulf of Mexico or to regulate the harm to red snapper caused by shrimp fishing.
Gulf red snapper fishery faces strict regulation at the hand of National Marine Fisheries Service
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced drastic regulation changes for Gulf red snapper that will have profound impacts on recreational anglers, charterboat operators, commercial fishermen and the shrimp industry. After years of mismanagement, federal fisheries managers paint a grim picture for the future of this fishery.