Anglers applaud states’ stance on snapper management
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.
“We are concerned that private anglers seem to be an afterthought in the Council’s sector separation proposal and would face additional severe harvest cuts under the proposed allocation split,” writes Richard Corbett, chairman, in the letter from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We urge the Council and NOAA Fisheries Service to consider the big picture in managing this fishery. Dividing what is left of the recreational fishery through sector separation is akin to doling out leftovers while there is a buffet on the table.”