Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





Red Snapper Governmental Affairs Action Alert
August 8, 2014

AMENDMENT 40 - Sector Separation Public Hearing Meetings

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a privatization of Gulf Red Snapper.  REEF FISH AMENDMENT 40 - SECTOR SEPARATION proposes to separate charter/for-hire businesses from the recreational sector, and give them personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own.  If Amendment 40 passes, up to 75 percent of the entire GULF RED SNAPPER FISHERY could be PRIVATELY HELD, for PRIVATE PROFIT. (For full details, click here)


The public hearing will take place on August 12, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select, 2001 Martin Luther King Blvd, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  We encourage you to participate and speak out against Amendment 40.  Personal appearances are given greater weight in this convoluted process, but if you can't attend, use this link to make your opinion known.


Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) urges anglers to help stop Red Snapper Takeover

Twice in the past two years, members and supporters of the RFA have successfully united coast wide opposition to sector separation at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.  While literally thousands of recreational fishermen responded to calls opposing the various sector separation mechanism proposed under a multitude of versions since 2013, the Gulf Council is AGAIN entertaining proposals pushed by the Environmental Defense Fund and its well-funded investors.  "Once again we are asking all recreational fishermen who fish the Gulf of Mexico to speak up and in staunch opposition to this treacherous scheme to tear our community apart," said RAF executive director Jim Donofrio.  To read full details of the RFA stance, click here.   



The next two Gulf Council meetings will decide the fate of our access to our fishery, and these meetings are very important to turn the tide.   The next Gulf Council meeting will be held in Biloxi, MS at the Beau Rivage August 25-29th, with public comments being accepted on August 25th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  When it comes to Council decisions, personal testimony at the meetings can be the deciding factor.  Capt Anderson's Marina will be hosting a bus to Biloxi on August 27th for anyone interested in speaking at the council meeting.  If you would like to attend, please call Susan or Jodie at 850-234-3435.  




If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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