Examining the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Hearing Date: May 2, 2017 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To examine the distribution of red snapper allotments between commercial and recreational anglers, and state versus federal regulation of snapper fishing.

BACKGROUND:

  • 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

Name Title Organization Panel Document
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