Biloxi, MS – Today the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted on a plan that would allow state fish and wildlife agencies to manage private angler fishing for red snapper. The vote comes in the final year of a two-year federal pilot testing the approach.
Share the Gulf is happy to see progress made on improving access of Gulf anglers that avoids harming other parts of the fishery, including the commercial and charter fishing industries.
Share the Gulf member and New Orleans-based chef and angler, Ryan Prewitt shared the following:
“I am cautiously optimistic that state management of private recreational red snapper fishing has the potential to improve angler access. As a fisherman myself, I’m excited that the Gulf Council process has worked to provide a solution for anglers without disrupting the successful federal systems for commercial fishermen and charter boats. Under Governor Edwards, Louisiana has set the gold standard for data collection and accountability and I hope to see the other Gulf states follow our model. Otherwise, they could risk undermining over a decade of sacrifices to rebuild red snapper and threaten the viability of the commercial fishery that restaurants like mine rely on for sustainable, fresh seafood for our customers.”