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Judge Issues Ruling to Uphold Amendment 40 (Sector Separation) in Federal Court

05 Jan 2016 2:50 PM | Andrew Cantrell (Administrator)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: Executive Director, Capt. Shane Cantrell, 512.639.9188

 Statement by the Charter Fishermen’s Association, Executive Director, Capt. Shane Cantrell on the federal court ruling to uphold separate red snapper catch limits for charter fishermen and private anglers:

“This decision is a major win for hundreds of thousands of recreational anglers who love to fish for red snapper but aren’t fortunate enough to own their own boat.

Sector separation is an important step in ending the downward spiral of shrinking fishing seasons that have limited fishing opportunities for recreational fishermen and strangled small charter fishing businesses for too long.

“The Charter Fisherman’s Association looks forward to working with federal regulators to design a management plan that expands access to Gulf red snapper, improves data collection and ensures that the fishery continues to make progress on the road to recovery.”

Statement by the Charter Fishermen’s Association, President, Capt. Mike Jennings on the federal court ruling to uphold separate red snapper catch limits for charter fishermen and private anglers:

"I am pleased at the decision by Judge Milazzo and we are looking forward to now being able to focus on a sustainable fishery management plan for all recreational fishermen."

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The Charter Fishermen’s Association is trade association of charter and head boat fishermen who operate in the Gulf of Mexico. The for-hire fishing sector provides access to millions of recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico every year.

 

Comments

  • 06 Jan 2016 7:30 AM | Billy Archer
    With this ruling we are finally setting the stage for our industry's robost comeback. After years of losing ground it's awesome that we have now a federal ruling that gives us and our customers back the access to fish under our own FMP.
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