Tell the SAFMC NO to catch shares today!

I wanted you to know that the first step toward full privatization of our snapper-grouper fishery is underway.

Last week, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Vice-Chair Charlie Phillips and SAFMC member Chris Conklin filed their Exempted Fishing Permit application for a pilot commercial snapper-grouper catch share program.

Click here for the application, which only became public on Friday. Note that the phrase “catch shares” is not used in the application as to purpose – instead code-speak for catch shares like “allocation-based system” and “individual transferable quota” is used.

As promised, this EFP gives Phillips, Conklin and former SAFMC member Jack Cox, all commercial snapper-grouper fleet owners and dealers, exclusive snapper-grouper shares and would exempt them from any trip limits and seasonal or quota closures.

EFPs are usually for research purposes and are approved by just one person -- NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Dr. Roy Crabtree, who is seeking the advice of the SAFMC at their March meeting in Jekyll Island, GA as to whether the EFP application should move forward or not.

Unless the SAFMC takes a strong stand against the EFP, I believe there is a very good chance Dr. Crabtree will ultimately approve the pilot catch share program. Once in place, count on efforts to impose catch shares on all fishermen.

This back-door “pilot” catch share scheme is exactly what the radical Environmental Defense Fund has used as a tactic in the Gulf of Mexico, where, according to a recent WVUE-TV investigative report “50 businesses and fishermen control 81 percent” of the commercial red snapper catch shares, worth $23 million a year, making these ‘snapper barons’ millionaires.

Guess who’s pushing this back-door effort along with these SAFMC ringleaders? According to the Charleston, SC Post & Courier, it’s EDF front group Seafood Harvesters of America, which according to tax documents has been funded with over $300,000 from EDF.

The Seafood Harvesters represent some of the biggest catch share owners in the nation. Board members include Jack Cox and Buddy Guindon (Big Fish Texas) who, according to media reports, is the third largest owner of Gulf red snapper shares, worth $1.4 million annually.

This isn’t about research -- it’s about picking the economic winners and losers in the snapper-grouper fishery by reducing the number of fishermen -- that’s what catch shares do. They hurt fishermen and fishing communities by killing jobs.

And if you have a for-hire snapper-grouper permit, this could ultimately affect that permit, too. The SAFMC also has on its meeting agenda for-hire limited entry, which is a beginning step toward for-hire catch shares. In other areas of the country, after commercial catch shares were imposed, for-hire catch shares shortly followed.

And this is not about fishery sustainability. Studies by the Lenfest Ocean Program and reports by Food and Water Watch and others have shown that catch share programs provide no biological benefit or enhanced sustainability to fisheries at all.

Time is very short -- speak out today to save jobs and fishing communities! Here’s how:

  1. Click here to access the SAFMC online comment form and tell them you’re opposed to the pilot catch share program permit and any form of catch shares. These “on the record” comments are crucial. Please make comments no later than March 8th.
  2. Speak out against the permit at the SAFMC public hearing on Wednesday, March 8th at 4:30 pm at the Westin Hotel, 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA.
  3. Contact your representatives on the SAFMC to personally let them know you oppose the permit. Click here for contact information for all SAFMC members.

The only way to stop this catch share effort is for fishermen, like you, to step up and be heard by the SAFMC. I urge you to let the SAFMC know today that you oppose this back-door catch share effort before it’s too late.

Thank you in advance for your efforts!

Wayne Mershon
President
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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Snapper barons

First came ‘sea lords’ and now ‘snapper barons.’

About a year ago AL.com did an investigative report on the Gulf of Mexico commercial red snapper catch share program in which it called the top share holders ‘sea lords’ and those fishermen who had to pay them for the right to catch red snapper ‘serfs.’

Last week, WVUE-TV in New Orleans did a series of investigative reports on this same catch share program, one of which was entitled “'Snapper barons' raking in riches from public resource.

From the report:

“…50 businesses and fishermen control 81 percent of the commercial red snapper allocation. Those 50 fishermen can make a total of $23 million every year.

The largest shareholder, Russell Underwood of Lynn Haven, Florida, can gross $1.6 million a year.

…The government allows the shareholders to sell their snapper allocation. They can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year without ever touching the water. They essentially can take what the government gives them for free, sell it to a fisherman, and profit from that transaction.

One Pascagoula, Mississippi shareholder, operating under the business Tampico, can make $604,000 a year without ever dropping a line in the water.”

These reports highlight what catch shares are all about -- creating economic winners and losers, not fishery sustainability, with most fishermen and fishing communities on the losing end.

A 2013 report by the Center for Investigative Reporting provides estimates that as many as 18,000 fishing jobs were lost and 3,700 vessels were no longer fishing in areas that had catch share programs.

I’m sure those numbers are even higher now.

This is why the overwhelming majority of South Atlantic fishermen, commercial and recreational, oppose catch shares, and why it’s so disappointing to see South Atlantic Fishery Management Council members propose a “pilot” commercial snapper-grouper catch share program that will ultimately create ‘snapper barons’ and ‘serfs.’

We’re going to continue to stand up for fishermen and fishing communities as this fight moves forward.

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

P.S. The Council for Sustainable Fishing is a non-profit advocacy group that relies on membership dues to operate. Please help us continue our fight for fishermen and fishing communities by clicking here and joining today. Thank You!

Contributions or gifts to the Council for Sustainable Fishing are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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Eliminating over 60 percent of fishermen

We need your help today to stop the “pilot” commercial snapper-grouper catch share program being proposed by two South Atlantic Fishery Management Council members: Vice Chair Charlie Phillips and Chris Conklin, both commercial snapper-grouper fleet owners and dealers.

Incredibly, Chris, in a recent email about this pilot program that was publicly posted on a fishing forum, effectively said he wants to get rid of 60 percent of commercial snapper-grouper fishermen, who he calls “part timers,” so the big snapper-grouper players will benefit.

From his email:

“Let's keep in mind that over 60% of these permits are being leased out to part timers that do not rely on commercial snapper grouper fishing as their primary source of income, thus catching a large portion of the quota the full time career fisherman that rely on the fishery to support their families.”

Most full time career commercial and for-hire fishermen in the South Atlantic make a living by participating in multiple fisheries, so they could be considered part timers in many fisheries. But they are full time career fishermen, of which snapper-grouper is just one vital income source.

Imagine eliminating 60 percent of commercial snapper-grouper fishermen and the economic devastation that would inflict on families and fishing communities. That’s what catch shares do.

Click here for the letter we sent to these SAFMC members asking them to stop.

If you haven’t already done so, please contact these SAFMC catch share ringleaders today and tell them to stop trying to put fishermen out of business by pushing unwanted catch shares:

Vice Chair Charlie Phillips -- ga_capt@yahoo.com or 912-832-4423
Chris Conklin -- conklinsafmc@gmail.com or 843-543-3833

Thank you in advance for your efforts!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

P.S. The Council for Sustainable Fishing is a non-profit advocacy group that relies on membership dues to operate. Please help us continue our fight for fishermen and fishing communities by clicking here and joining today. Thank You!

Contributions or gifts to the Council for Sustainable Fishing are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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Help stop the catch share threat!

I hope you had a happy new year.

As we enter 2017, the biggest threat to commercial and recreational fishermen in the South Atlantic is back: private ownership of the snapper-grouper fishery through a catch share program.

Fishery stakeholders have year after year overwhelmingly rejected any form of catch shares. Most recently, 97 percent of the comments on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s long-range snapper-grouper management plan opposed catch shares -- a plan the council promised would be “stakeholder-driven.”

Yet, SAFMC Vice Chair Charlie Phillips has revealed that he, SAFMC member Chris Conklin and former SAFMC member Jack Cox, all commercial snapper-grouper fleet owners and dealers, are leading an effort to get a voluntary “pilot” catch share program in place this year using an “Exempted Fishing Permit,” which is a back door way to avoid the normal fishery regulation approval process.

Exempted Fishing Permits are approved solely by NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator Roy Crabtree, who is also a member of the SAFMC. The SAFMC and the public can only provide input on the application. EFPs are normally used for research purposes when there is a need to get an exemption from fishery regulations.

In this case, the EFP would give participants shares of the fishery and apparently exempt them from any seasonal or quota closures. In a recent article in the Charleston, SC Post & Courier, Vice Chair Phillips touts that the permit would “allow them to catch all year."

The article also reveals that the Seafood Harvesters of America, which has been funded with over $300,000 from the radical Environmental Defense Fund, is supporting the EFP application. The Seafood Harvesters represent some of the biggest catch share owners in the nation.

Click here to read our president Wayne Mershon’s response in the Post & Courier entitled “Don't bite on risky lure of 'catch shares'.”

Wayne documents that catch shares destroy jobs (more than 18,000 so far) and don’t provide any biological benefit to fisheries. Catch shares only pick economic winners (“sea lords”) and losers (“serfs”). There certainly isn’t a need for a pilot catch share program -- all fishermen need to do is look to the catch share disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, New England and Pacific.

It’s not clear when the EFP application would be submitted to NOAA and the SAFMC. However, Vice Chair Phillips is optimistic that his fellow SAFMC members would endorse the EFP, telling the Post & Courier: "I'd like to think the council would say yes. It would be a reasonable thing to do."

Let’s hope not.

Beyond the very serious question of potential conflicts of interests, the SAFMC should honor its promise to fishery stakeholders and oppose this back door effort to privatize the fishery, as should NOAA.

Here’s how you can help:

Contact the SAFMC ringleaders of this effort today and tell them to listen to fishermen as promised and stop pushing unwanted catch shares:
Vice Chair Charlie Phillips -- ga_capt@yahoo.com or 912-832-4423
Chris Conklin -- conklinsafmc@gmail.com or 843-543-3833

Thank you in advance for your efforts!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

P.S. The Council for Sustainable Fishing is a non-profit advocacy group that relies on membership dues to operate. Please help us continue our fight for fishermen and fishing communities by clicking here and joining today. Thank You!

Contributions or gifts to the Council for Sustainable Fishing are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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Not listening to fishermen

Do you think fishery managers listen to fishermen?

After last week’s South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting you have to wonder.

A proposal to limit the number of charter and head boats that could fish in the South Atlantic was met with overwhelming opposition by fishermen.

There were 169 written comments against the proposal and just 3 for it.

Click here to see the comments.

Yet, the SAFMC didn’t listen to fishermen and kill the proposal. Instead it voted 9 to 3 to develop a “white paper” to continue to explore charter and head boat limited entry options for the snapper-grouper fishery.

Since the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which mandated very conservative Annual Catch Limits for all fisheries, “for-hire” fishing effort in the South Atlantic has plunged by nearly 40 percent from a peak of 306,441 angler trips in 2007 to 192,781 trips in 2015.

Click here to see the graph.

Additionally, this year there were only six more snapper-grouper for-hire permits issued from North Carolina through east Florida to Key West, than in 2009.

It would be one thing if for-hire limited entry was about fishery sustainability, but it’s not.

This seems to be more and more about picking winners and losers in the for-hire fishery that will set up a “stock market” for permits and not about listening to the overwhelming opposition from fishermen.

This is exactly what happened in the Gulf of Mexico with for-hire limited entry. Click here to read an email from the National Association of Charterboat Operators to the SAFMC that describes the limited entry disaster in the Gulf.

As this issue moves forward, we’ll continue to fight limited entry and hope that the SAFMC starts listening to fishermen.

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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Don't bite on risky lure of 'catch shares'

By Wayne Mershon

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: something that seems to be good, but is actually not good at all.

I can’t think of a more appropriate saying to use than “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” to describe the reality of what the Seafood Harvesters of America want to do with our offshore fisheries.

The Post & Courier recently published an article and editorial that bought into the sheep’s clothing side. Year-round fishing and better fisheries data are touted.

Who could be against that?

But there’s a wolf: privatization of our fisheries through a scheme called “catch shares,” where fishermen and corporations are actually given ownership of our fisheries with shares that can be bought or sold like stock on Wall Street.

That’s the real reason for the Seafood Harvesters of America’s existence. They’re working hard to ensure commercial fishermen own our fisheries, and in this case it’s our snapper and grouper, starting with a pilot program that could be considered by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries next year.

The term “catch shares” does not appear in the article or editorial, but the innocuous sounding synonym “individual quotas” does. The Seafood Harvesters have been well coached by their public relations team to not use “catch shares” because it will draw intense fire from most commercial and recreational fishermen.

Last year, when the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council sought input on its long-range management plan for the snapper-grouper fishery, 97 percent of the responding stakeholders said they opposed catch shares.

It’s no wonder.

Studies by the Lenfest Ocean Program, Food and Water Watch and others have shown that catch share programs provide no biological benefit or enhanced sustainability to fisheries at all. Year-round fisheries are rarely achieved. What catch shares do is destroy jobs and hurt fishing communities.

With catch shares, the initial ownership allocation in a fishery, based on catch history, leaves many fishermen without enough shares to continue fishing, so they have no choice but to buy more shares or rent them from those that got the most, usually with borrowed money.

The result is far less fishermen.

A 2013 report from the Center for Investigative Reporting estimated that nationally more than 3,700 vessels were no longer active in fishing areas that operated under catch shares, accounting for as many as 18,000 lost jobs.

Perhaps there is no greater example of the economic devastation of catch shares than the commercial red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. An investigative report this year by AL.com says that catch shares have turned red snapper fishermen into two classes: “sea lords“ and “serfs.”

From the report: “just 55 people own the right to catch fully 77 percent of all the snapper in the Gulf, a haul worth $18 million annually…the remaining 25 percent of the harvest, a little over 1 million pounds, is split among about 500 people, which means there are a lot of very small shares. And a lot of fishermen who must buy the right to fish.” According to the report, the sea lords have earned about $60 million since 2007 from serfs buying the right to fish for red snapper.

As innocuous as they want to make it sound, make no mistake, the Seafood Harvesters represent the sea lords and are working hard to privatize ownership of our fisheries to the detriment of fishing jobs and fishing communities.

Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Mershon is president of the Council for Sustainable Fishing, a non-profit advocacy group for commercial and recreational fishing based in Murrells Inlet.

Click here for the op-ed as published in the Charleston Post & Courier.

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NEW YORK POST: How the privatization of our oceans is sinking fishermen

An important op-ed about the exploitation of fishermen by catch share schemes that make fishermen have to pay “feudal landlords” for the right to fish.

By Larry Getlen

The town of St. George, off the Bering Sea near Alaska, was long home to some of the most robust pollock fishing in the country. But due to a fishing rights management scheme called “catch shares,” the town has no rights to fish its own waters and regularly watches their former industry literally pass them by.

“Every year, the industry takes about $2 billion in gains out of this fish resource on the Bering Sea,” St. George Mayor Pat Pletnikoff tells Lee van der Voo in “The Fish Market.” “Not one plug nickel sticks to St. George.”

Catch shares work by dividing our oceans just like any other physical property, creating theoretical property lines. Then the rights to fish different species in various sections are awarded to applicants — which could be individuals or companies — based on how much fish they catch over a certain period of time. These rights are given by eight fishery councils throughout the country, which also place restrictions on how much of any species can be fished.

While catch shares are credited with greater species management — the US government found in 2007 that of 230 species of fish, 92 were going quickly extinct due to overfishing — the catch-shares program has virtually privatized our oceans, destroying the livelihoods of many lifelong fishermen and other small businesses in the process.

While any system has winners and losers, catch shares allow for one major exploitation: Those who own the rights to fish a certain area can rent or sell them like feudal landlords, in perpetuity. That means fishermen, who used to freely fish certain areas, now have to rent those same areas from absentee landlords.

When the catch shares were implemented, arguing over the issue in the industry was fierce.

“Whether you were for it or against it, most people thought it was insanity that the government wanted to give away the fish in the ocean,” van der Voo writes. “It was the equivalent of handing the national forests over to the timber companies.”

Life will become ever harder for fishermen and fishing towns.
The bizarre setup means owners of fishing boats have become the equivalent of Uber drivers for share owners who take anywhere from 50 percent to 75 percent of the profit.

Owners of less than 20 percent of a boat are required to be aboard any vessel catching their fish, but are not required to fish. This has led to boat owners offering amenities such as “big screen and satellite TVs, massive DVD collections, quality grub and staterooms” to attract share owners aboard to relax while the owner and his crew do the back-breaking work of fishing.

Van der Voo shares the story of The Viking Spirit, a 57-foot steel boat where the workers are longline fishing for sablefish. The fishermen aboard the Spirit are hired hands who do the hard work of catching the fish, many of their hands “clamped closed and in pain” from the heavy silver hooks they use.

But while the workers break their bodies — including Captain Vern Crane, who owns the boat and still owes about a third of the $650,000 he paid for it — Bob Baldwin sleeps soundly in a stateroom, van der Voo writes. Baldwin, a 70-year-old fisherman, negotiated with Crane to take 65 percent of the catch’s profits. (Due to having to compete with low-balling fishermen, some in Crane’s position give away as much as 75 percent.) But there is no requirement for Baldwin to work — in a sense, he’s on the boat as a landlord, and the job is “a sharecropper’s gig on a rough sea.”

While catch shares were supposed to solve the problem of fish species going extinct, it often fails in that area. Fishing for one species can harm another, as in the example of corporate-owned trawlers that hunt for pollock and groundfish but kill halibut in their travels.

This catch-shares program emerged from efforts to save the grouper from overfishing. In 2007, “individual fishing quotas” were instituted. “It meant privatizing the rights to catch grouper in the Gulf of Mexico. Regulators would cap the number of fish that could be caught, but the right to fish then would be doled out, like property, to the people that had historically fished them.”

Van der Voo points out there are fairer ways to save the fish. Oregon, for example, has a system for catching albacore where fisherman pay a fee and sell their catch locally without anyone snatching up rights, which is working economically and environmentally.

But for most of the country, the system mostly stands as is, meaning life will become ever harder for fishermen and fishing towns.

“I never thought there was anything wrong with a family-owned farm,” said Pletnikoff. “There was a certain amount of pride. Fisheries were always that way. They were a mom-and-pop operation. Every child in the family became a fisherman and loved it. Nowadays it is nothing like that. It is Monsanto on the ocean.”

Click here for the op-ed.

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Better science and data, not catch shares

With the exception of three mini-seasons (2012-2014) the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic has been effectively closed for over six years.

By most accounts from fishermen, red snapper are very plentiful – they are routinely encountered while fishermen target other species and divers report large schools.

Yet, the stock assessment presented to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in June says that red snapper are still overfished and that overfishing is still occurring. This despite a lot of uncertainty about the data used in the assessment.

Give the SAFMC credit for not accepting the assessment and asking its Scientific and Statistical Committee to reexamine the assessment and stock status determination this fall.

The ongoing saga of the red snapper fishery highlights the fact that stock assessments can be flawed because of the lack of good biological and historical abundance information. In other words, much better science and data on our fisheries is needed.

A congressionally mandated study by the National Research Council found that “data from the most recent stock assessments indicate 20 of the 55 stocks analyzed were not actually overfished at the time they were placed in rebuilding plans...”

The study points out that its results cut both ways: while a significant number of stock assessments underestimated stock size, some assessments may overestimate stock size, such that “some stocks classified as healthy” are actually overfished.

Instead of devoting adequate financial resources into stock assessments, NOAA has spent about $160 million over the last six years pushing its National Catch Share Policy in an effort to privatize fisheries. Studies have shown that catch share programs hurt fishing communities by destroying jobs and don’t provide any biological benefit to fisheries.

For our fisheries to be properly managed, there must be a focus on better science and data -- not on catch shares -- which equates to more accurate assessments of whether fish stocks are overfished or not. This is the very heart of successful fisheries management.

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

P.S. The Council for Sustainable Fishing is a non-profit advocacy group that relies on membership dues to operate. Please help us continue our fight for fishermen and fishing communities by clicking here and joining today. Thank You!

Contributions or gifts to the Council for Sustainable Fishing are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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Public hearings and a new board member

Starting next week on August 1st, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will begin public hearings and scoping on proposed fishery management changes for cobia, mutton snapper, dolphin and yellowtail snapper.

Here’s a summary of what’s being proposed:

Cobia: Reduce the bag limit from 2 fish to 1 fish per person/day, establish a vessel limit of 3 fish per vessel/day, and increase the current minimum size limit from 33” to 36”.

Mutton snapper: Define the spawning months, reduce the 10 fish per person/day bag limit to 3 fish per person/day within the aggregate snapper bag limit year round, increase the minimum size limit from 16” to 18”, and establish a commercial trip limit of 300 pounds during the “regular season” and a 3 fish per person/day limit during the designated spawning season.

Dolphin and yellowtail snapper: Options for ways to shift allocations for dolphin and yellowtail snapper between commercial and recreational sectors to help ensure longer fishing seasons, including temporary shifts in allocation on an “as needed” basis, permanent changes to allocation, or removing sector allocations and managing the stocks under single annual catch limits.

Have your voice heard on these important proposed management changes. Click here for the hearing and scoping schedule and detailed information about the proposals.

I want to welcome Denny Springs aboard as our newest board member. Denny was elected at our recent annual meeting. He owns Harrelson’s Seafood Market in Murrells Inlet, SC and is a life long resident of the area. My congratulations and thanks to Denny for his election and willingness to provide fishing industry leadership.

You can also help by joining our effort to optimize and sustain fishing for commercial and recreational fishermen. Please join the Council for Sustainable Fishing at the highest level you can afford today by clicking here.

If you’re already a member, please consider a higher membership level.

We’re a nonprofit group that relies on memberships to operate. Please help today!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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Two classes of fishermen: "Kings" and "Serfs"

When you hear of fishermen being divided by the government into two classes -- “kings” and “serfs” -- you would think it would be from medieval times or some scheme hatched under a third-world dictatorship.

But no, this is happening in the Gulf of Mexico right now with the commercial red snapper catch share program as documented by an investigative report by AL.com published this week.

The report states that the catch share program “has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — and transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper…roughly $60 million has been earned since 2007 by this small number of fishermen whose boats never left port. That money was collected from the labor of fishermen who have no choice but to hand over more than half of the price that their catch brings at the dock.”

According to the report, “just 55 people own the right to catch fully 77 percent of all the snapper in the Gulf, a haul worth $18 million annually…the remaining 25 percent of the harvest, a little over 1 million pounds, is split among about 500 people, which means there are a lot of very small shares. And a lot of fishermen who must buy the right to fish.”

Even former Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Chairman Bob Shipp, who was chairman when the catch share program was approved, has had second thoughts, stating to AL.com, “…nobody on the council realized the scale of what was going on. I had no idea it was as bad as it is."

The scary part is that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is just a few votes away from forcing catch shares on commercial snapper-grouper fishermen and creating more “kings” and “serfs.”

Last October, after 97 percent of snapper-grouper fishery stakeholders said they oppose any form of catch shares, a vote to remove catch share programs from the long-range fishery “Vision” plan barely passed on a 7 to 5 vote.

This even after the SAFMC had promised the Vision plan would be “stakeholder-driven.” “Voluntary” catch shares remain in the plan.

Our thanks to the hundreds of fishery stakeholders that responded to our mailings and let the SAFMC know just how much they oppose job killing catch shares.

However, we must remain ever vigilant to the threat. It’s clear a significant number of SAFMC members support imposing catch shares no matter what fishery stakeholders want.

Please help us in our efforts to fight catch shares and other unnecessary fishery management measures that have no bearing on fishery sustainability by clicking here today and joining the Council for Sustainable Fishing.

We’re a nonprofit group that relies on memberships to operate. Please help today!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Tom Swatzel
Executive Director
Council for Sustainable Fishing

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