I fully support the decisions of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and their ability to carry out the duties of their positions in regard to the management of the red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. I strongly oppose the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) interference in attempting to implement an interim rule.
The red snapper commercial fishery is overcapitalized. I also support the voluntary buyout of class 1 and 2 red snapper license holders and recreational charter boats that desire or need to sale to recreational anglers with the commercial quota purchased transferring to the recreational sector.
The recreational sector is valued at over $8 Billion annually compared to a $10 million value associated with the red snapper commercial fishery. The net economic benefit to the nation and the Gulf of Mexico should be considered when making allocation decisions.