Gulf Council sells out on snapper
Council decision relegates recreational anglers to bystanders in snapper fishery
MOBILE, ALABAMA (10-24-14) – The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved a highly controversial management plan for red snapper this week that will take a significant percentage of the recreational quota and reserve it solely for use by the charter/for-hire industry. The Council approved Amendment 40, known as sector separation, by a 10-7 vote over opposition from several Gulf states, Congress, the vast majority of recreational anglers and even from within the charter/for-hire industry itself. The amendment will now be sent to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for final approval.
“It is extremely disappointing that such a flawed management proposal was approved in the face of so much opposition,” said Bill Bird, chairman of Coastal Conservation Association’s National Government Relations Committee. “Significant questions over key components of Amendment 40 were never adequately addressed. This amendment will create such striking inequities for private recreational anglers that it is difficult to understand how this amendment will be sustainable. It is infuriating that the Gulf Council continues its give away of a public resource when the public has neither a reasonable season nor reasonable size and bag limits for that same resource.”
Artificial Reef Construction at The Pickets Underway
CCA Louisiana and partners launch artificial reef project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, along with partners, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction today on an artificial reef system in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
The Pickets Reef is being constructed of roughly 14,000 tons of 4-inch limestone over three specially engineered artificial reefs. The reef is designed to protect depressions in the seafloor that were created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets. In doing so, the reefs will maintain and enhance these scour holes, while providing additional habitat for marine life.
National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucus Speaks Against Sector Separation
On behalf of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), and as Co-Chairs of the Mississippi and Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucuses, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on proposed Amendment 40 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. NASC is comprised of 44 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses, including those of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Congressmen urge Council to table Amendment 40
Sportsmen’s Caucus urges ‘fair and euitable balance’ in red snapper fishery
WASHINGTON, DC (10-20-14) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) has joined a groundswell of opposition to a controversial mangemement proposal for Gulf red snapper scheduled for a final vote of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council this week in Mobile, Alabama. In a letter to the Gulf Council, the CSC, the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress with nearly 300 members in 49 states, calls for Amendment 40 – Sector Separation to be tabled.
“While we fully support a better management approach to alleviate the hardships of an extremely short recreational season on the charter/for-hire fishery, providing more days of fishing for a select few while completely ignoring the impacts to the majority of participants is irresponsible,” CSC Co-Chairs Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) explained in the letter. “Other options that address the needs of the recreational fishery as a whole should be on the table.”
Construction to begin this week on the “Pickets Reef”
Private/public partnership launches artificial reefing project to save famed Louisiana trout hotspot
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Apache Corporation, Fieldwood Energy and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin construction this week on an artificial reef system at the site of the recently removed structures in Ship Shoal 26, known by many Louisiana anglers as “the Pickets.”
This cooperative effort calls for the deployment of roughly 14,000 tons of 4-inch limestone over three specially engineered artificial reefs. The reefs will be designed to protect depressions in the seafloor that were created by the prevailing current flowing around and through the Pickets. In doing so, the reefs will maintain and enhance these scour holes, while providing additional habitat for marine life.
Last chance to stop privatization of Gulf red snapper
Federal management of red snapper is a mess - it has failed recreational anglers and the charter/for-hire industry alike.
Rather than fix the flawed management system, an effort to privatize up to 75 percent of the fishery is being promoted by commercial fishermen and a select few charter/for-hire operators. They are seeking to take advantage of this chaos and ensure that most of this fishery is privately held by a few individuals, for their private use. The rest of us face the prospect of a one-day snapper season in federal waters in 2015.