Unfortunately, a few powerful interest groups want to pass new fishing regulations and Congressional bills that reserve more and more red snapper and other reef fish for recreational fishing only. In fact, we’ve seen this happen before; in the 1980’s commercial fishermen (and chefs) were shut out of the Gulf red drum and speckled trout fisheries.
By adding your name you are joining with other chefs and food professionals to say that you support fair access to sustainable Gulf seafood.
The campaign will be in touch at critical moments to let you know how you can help. If popular Gulf of Mexico seafood is increasingly set aside for recreational anglers, then supplies of fresh, wild and sustainably managed fish will be harder to come by. That means chefs, restaurant owners and consumers will have to rely more heavily on farmed and imported fish at a time when the popularity of local seafood is at an all-time high.
We believe that all Americans – sportsmen as well as restaurants and seafood lovers – deserve to enjoy the Gulf’s bounty. And they shouldn’t have to catch it themselves to do so.