|Help Stop the CCA Grouper Grab|
Conservation? Who are they kidding?
In a move that gives whole new meaning to the term "Conservation", the CCA has initiated an attempt to grab the entire resource of the grouper fishery for the recreational sector. Currently they "only" have an allotment of 60% of all the gag total allowable catch 20% of the red grouper TAC, 49% or the Red Snapper TAC. 73% of the Greater Amberjack TAC, 100% access to the Redfish (Red Drum), as well as a "catch target" of 480,000+ lbs of gray triggerfish compared to a commercial quota of 93,000 lbs. "Not enough", they say, "we want it all". This shortsighted and greedy grab attempt would take away the public's ability to order fresh caught Florida Grouper in Florida restaurants or seafood markets and would give access to an important food resource to only those with both the money and the time to go offshore and catch a grouper themselves. It would also walk all over the rights of the commercial sector, both fishermen and wholesalers, who have worked in this fishery and developed both the fishery and the market for decades.
Sources ... National Marine Fisheries Service : Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commision : Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
This article was written a few years ago but its message is still relevant. The headline? "A message to recreational anglers: Quit Whining". A woman from Cape Hatteras wrote the editorial for The Island Breeze, a North Carolina publication 10 years ago. In part she says:
(Irene Nolan for The Island Breeze, November, 1997)
If you would like to see the recrational/commercial allotment left alone rather than re-allocated to favor a special interest group that wants to deny access to fresh Florida seafood to the majority of Florida citizens, please read and consider downloading and sending back to us the downloadable pdf file below. We are starting a project to make postcards with the same information available at point of sale (restaurants and fish markets) and when we collect a number of them we plan on delivering them to the regulatory agencies for their consideration.
Don't print this from here and fill it out. Go to .pdf and download, print, fill and mail that.