Steve Southerland, red snapper and catch shares

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 09:11 AM.

Write your Gov. Rick Scott. Write our seemingly uninterested Senators, Marco Rubio, and Bill Nelson. Tell them we want our red snapper and we don’t want Sector separation. Ask them--Where have they been? Rep. Steve Southerland has been tirelessly fighting this fight to keep our Gulf open, for us all to fish in, not just the commercial fishermen, who for some reason, get to fish year round, while we get a 9 day season.

We all need to go to Biloxi (free ride available) and either say your piece or be there to show support in keeping the Gulf a public access fishery. They may postpone the eventual vote on this needless sector separation until October in Mobile, so we need to contact our elected representatives now. Steve Southerland and the House of Representatives in Washington need our Senators and Governor to step up to the plate now and start getting as mad as we all have been the last five or six years as our fishing seasons have dwindled.

The sad thing is, we are losing access to our Gulf and the fish we like to catch and eat to an environmental group and a few greedy commercial and charter fishermen. If you want to be able to fish for snapper and grouper around here like we are used to. Get up, write some letters or make some phone calls and don’t forget to vote for our friend Steve Southerland.

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