Commercial fishermen are facing a huge threat to their livelihoods due to a reallocation of red grouper quota to the recreational sector (a total loss of OVER ONE MILLION POUNDS). We need your help to defend fishing families' and small American businesses. We need to stop this fish grab from harming the hard working women and men who depend on it.
"For years, commercial fishermen have known that there was a big portion of the red snapper population ‘out in the mud’ ... that wasn’t being picked up by the NOAA Fisheries stock assessment. But we don’t fault NOAA Fisheries for this — stock assessments are time-consuming and extremely expensive, especially when repeating them regularly to generate a good time series of data.." - Shareholders' Alliance Deputy Director, Eric Brazer
March 25, 2021
"Fishermen's businesses are going to be impacted by this. That's why it's especially critical for us to be at the table, be at the podium, have access to the managers and start to answer these questions that are unanswered at this point." - Shareholders' Alliance Deputy Director, Eric Brazer
March 18, 2021
The regional and national response to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has thrust the commercial seaood industry into an unprecedented and uncertain situation. As resources for commercial fishermen and the seafood industry become available, we will post them here.
While many restaurants may be closed or at limited capacity, commercial fishermen and seafood businesses are finding ways to safely provide fresh, wild-caught, sustainable Gulf of Mexico seafood to the public. Find a business that is either shipping seafood or providing pick up services.
The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance (Shareholders' Alliance) is a fishermen's organization run by fishermen for fishermen. Everything we do is founded in our belief that conservation and stewardship protect fish populations and fishermen's businesses. We do this from the ground up as commercial fishermen creating positive change.
The Shareholders’ Alliance is a proactive, resilient, and effective organization of commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico that advocates for accountable and sustainable fisheries, public access to American seafood, profitable fishing businesses, and a durable IFQ system.
The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance launched the first Quota Bank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015 to reduce red snapper discards in the eastern Gulf and to support the next generation of commercial red snapper fishermen.
We believe that it is our responsibility to support good science and data, to educate regional and federal regulators, and to play an active role in shaping our commercial fishing regulations.
We are working to support the next generation of conservation-minded commercial fishermen that are stepping up to carry on a tradition that has existed for hundreds of years in the Gulf of Mexico.
We help tell your story to the world – a story of hard-working men and women who believe in a future where policies are based on sound science, where fishermen collaborate with regulators, and where wild, sustainably-harvested seafood continues to feed the American public.
When you see a Gulf Wild™ tag or notice the Gulf Wild™ brand in your local restaurant or fish market, you know that you are supporting the only seafood traceability program in the nation that was built by fishermen for fishermen.
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