It gets worse. Having seen how the Commercial Fishermen pulled this off, federally-licensed Charter Boat Operators have now maneuvered into a comparable political arrangement -- all at the direct expense of Recreational Fishermen.
Under this (completely closed) “quota system” Commercial Fishermen can catch Gulf red snapper 365 days per year with no daily catch limits. Meanwhile a Recreational Fishermen, fishing on his own boat, is allowed only a 9 day fishing season and may keep only 2 snapper per person per day. That is unless he pays hefty fees to fish on a federally licensed Charter Boat. If he pays the money to these political contributors, he can catch the same red snapper, at the same fishing spots, for 46 days per year! Smells fishy, huh? The net is simple . . . FOLLOW THE MONEY!
We have started a Facebook page which will support a literature piece that will be distributed at marinas, bait and tackle shops, retailers, etc.
WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please
1) Visit our Facebook page “What Happened to Our Fish?” and “LIKE” us.
2) Spread the word to your email tree, fishing friends, and Facebook friends so we can dramatically increase our LIKES.
As politicians see the number of concerned citizens, we can change their perspective. As an example - in my Congressional district, there are 5 (millionaire, heavily contributing) “Sea Lords” and 200 federally licensed Charter Boat operators -- but 96,160 licensed Recreational Fishermen. We pay our taxes too -- if we band together, our votes can make a difference!
PLEASE HELP US!!!!