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Gulf Council members urge Commerce Secretary to reject Amendment 40
Minority report highlight flaws in sector separation amendment 
 

(12-17-14) - Eight representatives to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council have submitted a minority report to the National Marine Fisheries Service that lays out an extensive series of objections to a highly controversial management plan for Gulf red snapper. The report focuses on significant shortcomings in the development and presentation of Amendment 40, a measure that will reserve a significant percentage of the recreational red snapper quota solely for use by the charter/for-hire industry. Amendment 40 was narrowly approved at the October meeting of the Gulf Council and is now pending approval by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Read more: Minority report urges rejection of A40

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Congress considers state management of Gulf red snapper
Hearing on Rep. Jeff Miller’s bill explores options to flawed federal management system


WASHINGTON, DC (12-4-14) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing today on legislation to transfer management of Gulf red snapper from the federal system and allow the states to take responsibility for the fishery. The legislation, H.R. 3099, proposes a new course for management of Gulf red snapper, an important fishery that has been plagued by short seasons and privatization schemes even as the stock has recovered beyond expectations.

Read more: Congress considers state management of Gulf red snapper

It is not unusual for veterans of federal fishery management to marvel at the vastly different personalities of the various fishery management councils across the nation. Each region has its own distinct style of operation, and the New England Fishery Management Council has arguably held the title of most contentious arena given that region’s repeated groundfish disasters. However, an argument can be made of late that nothing compares to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

Read more: What I$ Wrong with the Gulf Council?

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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.

Read more: Gulf Council sells out on snapper

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.”

Read more: Congressmen Urge Council to table Amendment 40

Commission's stand for anglers deserves recognition

A crucial vote on a highly controversial management measure for Gulf red snapper is scheduled for next week during the Gulf Council's meeting in Mobile. Known as Amendment 40 - Sector Separation, it is a radical departure from traditional management methods that will allow a broken management system to stay in place for most recreational anglers, and grant special access privileges to a select group of charter/for-hire operators.

Read more: Florida Commission stands up for anglers

CCA Florida opposes the Indian River County Commissions proposed expansion of the boat ramp at Oslo Road.  The best science available clearly shows that the area adjacent to this dredge and filled project is critical fish habitat, acting as a nursery to juvenile tarpon, snook, trout and redfish.  In light of the fragile state of the Indian River Lagoon, the extensive loss of vital sea grasses in recent years and the proximity of other available access points, it makes no sense to risk the loss of what appears to be the last, best chance of recovery of this national treasure.

Read more: Oslo Road Boat Ramp

Anglers speak out against red snapper privatization scheme

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. Since introduction, this misguided proposal has elicited thousands of comments in opposition.

Read more: Thank you members of CCA!