A lawsuit was ruled upon that could allow National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to close the red snapper fishing season for 2014 and possibly for 2015 in Federal waters. Next week the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet to determine the number of days for Florida red snapper season.
How does this affect you?
Recreational angling in Florida is a $5 billion industry with over 3 million participants, 39% coming from out-of-state, brining tourism dollars to our coastal communities.
The $5 billion industry supports fishing and boating supplies & service, boat manufacturing and sales with jobs for over 94,000 Floridians
Anglers coming from out of state stay in hotels, eat in our restaurants and visit our local attractions
Anglers spent $9.8 billion in 2011. Including multiplier effects, these purchases resulted in more than $9.3 billion in sales, $3.1 billion in income, $4.9 billion in value-added (GDP), and supported 89,319 jobs. (Click here for Fishing Data Report - May 2013)
All of this might not happen for another two years!
We need your help! Please write to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and let them know that any further restrictions (by deleting the fishing season) will have long lasting effects on our local economy. Please write your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, the FWC has been working for several years to implement a private angler data collection program. In two weeks the FWC will decide for or against going for the Gulf Offshore Recreational Fish Permit. This permit will give FWC the number of anglers fishing for reef fish and access to real reef fish anglers for data survey and dockside intercepts. This will be included in the NOAA stock assessments, which could help to eliminate the stock uncertainty. Please write to the commissioners at FWC in support of this permit at Commissioner@MyFWC.com.