In the past year, Share the Gulf’s coalition of concerned chefs, fishermen, seafood providers and conservationists have made great progress making sure our Gulf fisheries are managed fairly and responsibly.
The importance of local seafood to communities, fishermen and chefs continues to be in the forefront of our minds. Just last week, the National Restaurant Association released its annual report on Food Trends, surveying 1300 professional chefs. It’s no surprise that local, sustainable seafood dominated trends for 2015. Now more than ever, we need to protect our right to enjoy the seafood caught by hardworking fishermen in Gulf waters.
Unfortunately, the Council still has a lot of work to do to improve fisheries management in a way that will find solutions for everyone in the fishery. During their last meeting, the Council put Amendment 28 back on the agenda for their next meeting in Point Clear, Alabama on January 26, 2015. This proposal would take nearly half a million pounds of sustainably-caught red snapper off the consumer market next year, would stall important progress towards management solutions for the fishery and would hurt our coastal economy. In fact, a group of independent scientists appointed by the Council to provide expert, unbiased advice met over the summer to review this amendment and concluded by majority vote that reallocation is not necessary or proper at this time. This is not the right way forward.
We have made a lot of progress this year, but we will need your continued help in 2015 to reach our Gulf leaders. The Share the Gulf team will continue to monitor the Council’s actions and keep you updated.