Articles about red snapper
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.
No Contest: Recreational angling value outweighs commercial fishing in terms of economic impact
Failed reallocation amendment comes to a disappointing close
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.
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.
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.
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...
Amendment 28 – Red Snapper Reallocation Briefing Document
Gulf Council moves forward with amendment to modernize allocation
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
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.
As the debate winds down on whether Gulf states will be consistent with federal regulations for the 2012 red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico – 40-days (tops) and a two-fish bag limit – it once again brings the conversation around to what seems to be the best solution of all: “Why don’t we just extend state waters out to 30 miles or 100 miles or 200 miles for fisheries management and be done with it?”
CCA's call for reallocation could provide much-needed relief for recreational anglers
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has taken a long-awaited first step toward addressing outdated allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors in the grouper and red snapper fisheries. During its meeting this week in Gulfport, the Council voted to begin an amendment on grouper allocations, and to review red snapper allocations and transferability options at its next meeting in April.
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.