April 18, 2017

Shareholders’ Alliance Supports Young Fishermen’s Legislation

The Shareholders' Alliance supports legislation aimed at helping and professionalizing the next generation of commercial fishermen. Please see the press releases below from the Shareholders' Alliance.

April 18, 2017

Bill to Establish Young Fishermen's Program Introduced

Congressman Don Young and Congressman Seth Moulton have introduced groundbreaking legislation that would help promote the protection and long-term sustainability of our nation’s commercial fishing businesses and seafood supply.

April 7, 2017

This Week's Fishery Management Actions

Today we offer support for some viable fishery management ideas that were developed this week. We also strongly oppose more of the same ineffective, harmful, and controversial proposals that continue to be brought up.

March 18, 2017

The Truth About American Red Snapper

Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico routinely battle the wind, the waves, and the tides to harvest red snapper and provide American seafood consumers with year-round access to this public resource. Now, thanks to a federal politician with a vendetta, these commercial fishermen must also battle a biased and uninformed media while they’re on shore.

March 1, 2017

Summary Response to Fox News

The Shareholders' Alliance provides a summary response to the villainizing of commercial fishermen by Fox 8 New Orleans.

March 1, 2017

Detailed Response to Fox News

The Shareholders' Alliance provides a detailed response to the villainizing of commercial fishermen by Fox 8 New Orleans.

February 10, 2017

Initial Response to Fox News

The Shareholders' Alliance responds to the villainizing of commercial fishermen by Fox 8 New Orleans.

October 5, 2016

Jason DeLaCruz Honored with National Seafood Sustainability Award

Please see the attached joint press release from the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance, Gulf Wild, and Wild Seafood Co. recognizing the decision by the White House to award Jason DeLaCruz as a Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood.

June 28, 2016

Gulf Fishermen Support Louisiana Fisheries Leadership

Gulf fishermen saw the State of Louisiana step up last week and make progress on breaking the red snapper deadlock.

June 28, 2016

Gulf Council Gains New Leadership

The Charter Fisherman's Association and the Shareholders' Alliance congratulate Leann Bosarge (MS) for her reappointment to the Gulf Council and welcome the appointment of Dr. Tom Frazer (FL).

June 22, 2016

Official Shareholders' Alliance Statement on Inter-Sector Trading

Here is our official statement on Inter-Sector Trading.

June 16, 2016

Congress Advances Bad Red Snapper Legislation

Despite overwhelming opposition by commercial and charter fishermen, Congress has advanced an unfunded mandate that will consolidate the power to manage red snapper into the hands of three state bureaucrats.

May 5, 2016

NMFS Gets It Wrong On Red Snapper Reallocation

The National Marine Fisheries Service has formally announced its decision to penalize commercial red snapper fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico for adhering to their legally-required sustainable catch limits.

April 8, 2016

Commercial Fishermen Respond to Reallocation

Commercial red snapper fishermen from Texas to Florida point out multiple legal concerns with the approval of Amendment 28 (red snapper reallocation) while NMFS effectively concedes that the recreational sector is getting more fish because their prior overharvesting was even worse than they thought.

March 30, 2016

NMFS Strips Red Snapper Allocation Away From Commercial Fishermen and Seafood Consumers

In a reckless decision that has defied science, the will of the public, and arguably the law, NMFS decided to take more than a third of a million pounds of red snapper away from commercial fishermen and seafood consumers, and transfer it to a recreational sector that blatantly exceeds its sustainable limits and regularly resists any legitimate management reform.

February 20, 2016

Resistance Mounts to Proposed Changes in Gulf Red Snapper Regulations

WASHINGTON D.C. -- A current bill being proposed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) would shift regulation of Red Snapper in the the Gulf of Mexico, currently managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to the respective individual state fish and wildlife management agencies. Strong resistance and controversy surrounds the bill as commercial fishing communities, and the current NOAA management, argue that the repercussions could potentially negate the rebounding experienced by the industry since the Individual Fishing Quota was established in 2007.

February 8, 2016

Extension of State Water Boundaries

This statement from The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance, Gulf Fishermen’s Association, and Charter Fisherman’s Association explains the unintended consequences of Senator Vitter's move to extend state water boundaries out to nine nautical miles.

January 6, 2016

Court Rules in Favor of Fishermen

A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that charter/for-hire fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico have the right to separate themselves from a failing recreational management regime and develop fishery management plans tailored to their businesses.

October 16, 2015

Quota Bank

The Shareholders' Alliance is working with a network of other quota banks to bring fishermen together to solve fishery problems. See here how our Quota Bank works, and see how other fishermen throughout the U.S. are making their quota banks work too.

September 21, 2015

Fishing Industry Supports Red Snapper Data Improvement Act

John’s Pass, Florida - Commercial fishermen, charter fishermen, and seafood restauranteurs came together to support a piece of legislation introduced by Congressman David Jolly...

August 14, 2015

Gulf Council Reallocates Red Snapper

Rejecting public and scientific advice, Gulf Council reallocates red snapper.

July 17, 2015

Response to Red Snapper Legislative Proposal

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance and the commercial fishermen and women we represent stand strong in supporting the sustainable federal management...continue reading

April 28, 2015


Commercial fishermen throughout the United States have stood up and opposed the plan by the Gulf of Mexico state managers to take over red snapper management and eliminate the commercial quota system...continue reading

April 14, 2015


In support of the passing of Amendment 40 to the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan, The Shareholders' Alliance has released the following press release.

April 9, 2015


By following this link you can find The Shareholders' Alliance's comments on recent proposals to change the IFQ system.

April 9, 2015


In this video Fox 13 reports on the large problem of Mexican poachers illegally fishing the Gulf of Mexico.

March 27, 2015


Information on the quota bank can be found within this letter from Shareholders' Alliance President Bubba Cochrane to Gulf Council Chairman Anson and NMFS Director Crabtree.

January 15, 2015


At the request of fishermen and after years of discussion, the National Marine Fisheries Service has produced a draft Implementation Plan for Electronic Monitoring and Reporting for the Gulf’s fisheries. Public comments are encouraged and due by February 9. Contact us for more information or to help you submit a comment.