FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                   CONTACT: Ted Forsgren

April 7, 2012                                                                                    (407)702-3567

 

OPPOSE THE TRANSFERABILITY OF FOOD SHRIMPING PERMITS IN TAMPA BAY!

We urge all conservation minded recreational fishers and other conservation groups to send emails opposing the transfer of food shrimping permits.

CCA Florida strongly opposes the transferability of food shrimping permits in Tampa Bay. Those remaining permits should have been phased out years ago, as was planned, by the Marine Fisheries Commission. Otter trawls and other net gear for food shrimping are some of the most damaging and wasteful types of commercial gear. In the early 1990s, the number of food shrimpers had grown substantially. Anglers and other conservationists had become concerned about the damage to sea grasses and the by-kill damage to juvenile fish. When the issue was brought before the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC), the Commissioners were also concerned about the damage caused by the shrimpers. The MFC reached a compromise with the Tampa Bay shrimpers that the existing food shrimpers would be required to get a permit and when the shrimper decided to stop shrimping the permit would expire. The Marine Fisheries Commission was the precursor agency to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The FWC staff recommendation will prevent the phase out of food shrimping in the bay. Allowing the transfer of permits, and likely sale, will make it difficult to remove the food shrimpers and their damaging gear. Those who pay to enter the fishery will fight to prevent ending the program if tranferability occurs. In addition there is a possibility of more shrimpers demanding to be included in the program.

The remaining food shrimpers have had 20 years to amortize their original investments. They have had exclusive commercial access to that public resource over that time period. It is time to get all the food shrimpers out of Tampa Bay.

ACT NOW! SEND YOUR EMAILS OPPOSING THE TRANSFERABILITY OF SHRIMPING PERMITS IN TAMPA BAY TO THE TAMPA BAY AGENCY ON BAY MANAGEMENT AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TED FORSGREN AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.