- To examine the distribution of red snapper allotments between commercial and recreational anglers, and state versus federal regulation of snapper fishing.
- The federal government imposes catch ratios on red snapper populations in the Gulf of Mexico; Snapper controls have brought conflict between commercial and recreational anglers, as well as disagreement over federal vs. state management.
- Commercial anglers argue that recreational fishermen exceed their catch limits, while recreational interests argue that federal controls disfavor sport-fishermen.
- Gulf States contend that they are better able to manage snapper fishing, arguing that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration makes flawed estimates and fails to properly coordinate.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Earl Comstock||Director||Office of Policy and Strategic Planning U.S. Department of Commerce||Document|
|Mr. Jamie M. Miller||Executive Director||Mississippi Department of Marine Resources State of Mississippi||Document|
|Mr. Christopher Brown||President||Seafood Harvesters of America||Document|
|Mr. Mark Ray||Vice Chairman||Coastal Conservation Association||Document|