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.
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,
CALL TO ACTION
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.