Maybe we should all be asking for a temporary closure of all federal RED SNAPPER fishing. It has been proven in court that they (National Marine Fisheries Service-NMFS and NOAA, do not have a clue what they are doing. This is how our Red Snapper season went from 40 days to 11 days this year (and probably less before it is over). Why don’t we just close it for –Commercial and recreational fisherman for a year-- giving NOAA and NMFS time to implement a fair system for all.
The commercial boys all claim they are accountable for every fish they catch. That is total mullarkey. Most people don’t have a clue how commercial fishermen get to fish year round for OUR red snapper so let me try and explain.
1) The government gave away 51 percent of our publicly owned Red Snapper to a few commercial fishermen to catch and sell rather than letting us all catch our own fish to eat. 2) The government allowed this because supposedly the commercial sector are counting every fish and weighing them. (accountability) A) Many, if not most commercial fishermen have become seafood dealers as well as fishermen; so now they catch the fish, weigh them themselves, and write their own trip tickets telling the Government how many fish that weighed a certain amount they have caught. Do you think anyone cheats?
2) This is the accountability that Roy Crabtree, Andy Strelcheck and other NMFS and NOAA employees claim to be foolproof. These are the same people that just lost a battle in court and were told that they have failed miserably in their jobs as to providing the accountability for the recreational sector. I would bet, if they let the recreational sector catch their own fish, bring them in and weigh them themselves and then call it in—the recreational sector would be just as accountable as the commercial sector is now and we could be fishing year round as well.
3) FYI Most of these commercial fishermen don’t even fish any more –they have been given –our fish so they can sit at home and rake in money for letting others catch fish for them –yet you and I cannot even catch our own supper.
While the NMFS and NOAA let this go on, the Charter for Hire are essentially being put out of business by closing the season to 11 days for Red Snapper, No triggerfish, gag grouper for a few months. How can the charter boats make a living? It is hurting all our business’s that rely on tourism to make a living. How can all the rest of us ever get a chance to go catch our own fish when they have given our fishing rights away to about 400 commercial fishermen to make money off of OUR Fish?.
And meanwhile, the commercial boys, fish year round for snapper and can never reach their quota. Does that sound odd??
What real good is an 11 day season? Of course a charter fishing business cannot stay in business very long with these shortened seasons that are now on all species. Why would they let commercial fishermen catch fish for other people when they won’t let charter boats take people fishing that want to catch their own Red Snapper to eat, or the general public that just wants to catch their own to eat??
So now, they (NOAA ,NMFS)are arbitrarily putting the CFH sector and many, many people and business’s out of work all for the good of a few commercial fishermen. If Red snapper is closed for charter fishermen and recreational fisherman –it should be closed for the Commercial fishermen as well. Take Red Snapper off the restaurant’s menu. If we cannot even go catch some for our own dinner, why should we be able to buy it from someone else??
Fire-- Roy Crabtree and Andy Strelcheck-- from the NMFS, NOAA. Get the environmental groups like Oceans Conservancy, EDF, Pew and their puppet groups like Share the Gulf, out of fisheries Management.
Please call Steve Southerland, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson. Ask them to help get our fish back!
These Fish are Our Fish
Capt Tom Adams
Mexico Beach Charters