INDUSTRY NEWS

August 1, 2018

Atkins Seafood owner advocates for sustainable fishing, regulations in Gulf of Mexico

Our concerns aren’t with the recreational fishermen themselves but more with the leadership and the managers,” Brazer emphasized. “Recreational fishermen — we believe they deserve to have a fishery management plan that gives them stability and predictability so they can plan their trips in advance and know how much fish they can catch in a year.

July 30, 2018

Shareholders' Alliance Update

Check out what's new at the Shareholders' Alliance.

July 18, 2018

Magnuson Reauthorization Bill Goes from Bad to Worse

Commercial fishermen are the true conservationists, and we can help keep this country’s fishing industry great.

July 12, 2018

Shareholders' Alliance Statement on H.R. 200

Commercial fishermen are the blue collar, hardworking heartbeat of America. H.R. 200 hurts us and hurts the fish populations our businesses rely on. Passage of H.R. 200 is a costly mistake – we don’t need a bill that hurts commercial fishermen in order to address recreational fishing concerns.

July 12, 2018

House approves overhaul to Magnuson-Stevens

But the Fishing Communities Coalition, which advocates for small-boat commercial fishing operators, voiced opposition to the legislation for siding with recreational groups at the expense of commercial fishermen.

"It would be a major mistake to turn back the clock and weaken the protections responsible for rebuilding our nation's most valuable fisheries, including American red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico," said Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance Deputy Director Eric Brazer.

July 12, 2018

MSA Today: House approves Magnuson reauthorization

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance and the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association were two of a few commercial fishing organizations that denounced the bill.

June 29, 2018

Congress is considering big changes to longstanding federal fisheries regulatory act

Eric Brazer likens federal fisheries management to a bank account held jointly by commercial fisherman, charter fishermen, restaurants and others who depend on a specific fish for their livelihood. If one user overdraws the account, there is nothing left for the others, said Brazer, deputy director of the Galveston, Texas-based Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance, which includes commercial snapper and grouper fishermen from around the Gulf.

June 15, 2018

EFPs Will Allow Rec Fishermen to Test Tracking Methods, Stop Overfishing

The hope is that the opportunity to explore new ideas in and better track the recreational side, which has exceeded its quota in 23 of the past 27 years, will promote accountability and lessen the fleets’ effect on the commercial and charter industries. The concept has received support from the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance.

June 7, 2018

Shareholders Alliance supports red snapper rules, but still seeks accountability

These EFPs, if implemented with real-time data collection, could prevent overfishing, while at the same time could allow increased and more flexible access for the private angler sector,” the group said in a statement. “This would help private anglers without hurting commercial fishermen.

June 6, 2018

Gulf States Advance Red Snapper Exempted Fishing Permits

Commercial and charter fishermen, like myself, support the EFPs process because it takes fishermen’s creative ideas and allows them to be tested on the water. All sectors of the snapper fishery recognize that something needs to change for the private anglers, and the EFPs, if implemented properly, could provide the avenue for a change that benefits everyone.

June 5, 2018

2018 Capitol Hill Ocean Week

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement on the start of the 2018 Capitol Hill Ocean Week:

June 4, 2018

Commercial Fishing - Keep Good Law In Place

If there are problems with recreational management in the Gulf, let’s find a way to help those fishermen without hurting commercial fishermen like me in the process.

May 30, 2018

Alabama Anglers Ready for Expanded Red Snapper Season

“Commercial fishermen support sustainable recreational fishing opportunities that are science-based and involve accurate data collection. That is why we support this 2018 exempted fishing permits (EFP) process — because it requires good science and improved data collection, doesn’t make an end run around federal sustainability requirements, and shouldn’t (if done right) hurt commercial fishermen,” the alliance said.

May 29, 2018

More Groups Weigh in on Red Snapper Actions

The Shareholders’ Alliance has always supported the EFP process because it takes fishermen’s creative ideas and puts them in the hands of regional managers to implement,” the group said in a prepared statement. “Critical to the success of the EFPs, however, are meaningful accountability measures as well as accurate and timely catch monitoring systems.

May 24, 2018

Gulf States Open 2018 Red Snapper Seasons for Private Anglers

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement on the start of the private angler red snapper seasons in the Gulf of Mexico under the state-run Exempted Fishing Permits.

May 23, 2018

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture

Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico work hard to conserve wild fish and shellfish populations and are not opposed to new opportunities for seafood production. Rigorous management and regulatory process needs to ensure that these operations develop with careful planning and formal opportunities for input from the commercial fishing industry, creating a scenario with maximum economic benefit and with minimal environmental or economic harm.

May 23, 2018

Florida Supports Young Fishermen

Today’s young fishermen must navigate a daunting world in their quest to establish a successful fishing businesses. We have an obligation to the next generation to chart a course forward that carries on our fishing legacy and seafood heritage in the face of these challenges. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act is a strong step in that direction.

May 6, 2018

Shareholders' Alliance Update

Check out what's new at the Shareholders' Alliance.

May 1, 2018

Commercial Fishermen — Entrepreneurs, Problem Solvers, and Conservationists

Often, commercial fishermen are perceived to be a group of people focused on taking as many fish as possible as quickly as possible. This simply isn’t the case. We are business owners, we are problem solvers, but at heart, we are conservationists.

April 17, 2018

Local Solutions are Best for Local Issues

I understand private anglers are frustrated by incredibly short federal snapper seasons, but congressional bills that could undermine science and harm a business I have built from the ground up, are not the solution.

February 27, 2018

Progress on the Modern Fish Act Still Falls Short

In our letter dated February 8, 2018, we raised a number concerns with provisions of S. 1520 that would restrict or otherwise impose harm on our commercial fishing business. While progress has been made towards addressing some of these critical concerns raised by us and our commercial fishing colleagues throughout the country, there still remains work to be done on S. 1520 before the Committee advances the bill.

February 20, 2018

Modern Fish Act Holds Little Hope for Fishermen

Congress shouldn't have to hurt commercial fishermen in order to help recreational fishermen. Until that happens, the Modern Fish Act isn't ready for prime time.

February 8, 2018

Gulf Fishermen Concerned with Fishery Legislation

While the "Modern Fish Act" proposes to help recreational fishermen, a number of provisions would impose harm on the nation's commercial fishermen and seafood supply chain. Helping recreational fishermen doesn't have to come at the expense of hurting commercial fishermen.

December 20, 2017

Court Maintains Order In Red Snapper Fishery

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement in response to the court’s determination to stay the lawsuit filed as a result of the Department of Commerce’s decision to illegally extend the 2017 private recreational red snapper fishing season in the Gulf of Mexico.

December 19, 2017

Federal Legislation Would Change How Red Snapper Fishing Is Regulated

Eric Brazer, deputy director of the Galveston, Texas-based Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance, said the bills would jeopardize 40 years of progress in the management of federal fisheries.

December 12, 2017

Wisconsin Farmers and Gulf Fishermen Link Up to Address Gulf “Dead Zone” Problem

In mid-November, commercial fishermen from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama traveled over one thousand miles north to meet with conservation minded farmers in Wisconsin to determine how they can better collaborate to combat the ever growing “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.

December 12, 2017

Commercial Fishermen Concerned About Dangerous Fishery Legislation

The Shareholders' Alliance today submitted the following letter to the House Natural Resources Committee.

December 1, 2017

Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance Wins Gulf Guardian Award

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance was presented with a second place U.S. EPA Gulf Guardian award this evening for its work launching and running the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Quota Bank.

November 8, 2017

Let Science Lead the Way

Science identifies facts that lead to conclusions being drawn. Politics, on the other hand, identifies a conclusion that encourages the finding of facts to support it.

October 31, 2017

Take Advantage of Florida's Abundant Seafood

October was National Seafood Month. For those of us who work on the water and on land to supply you with your seafood, National Seafood Month gives us a chance to tell our story. Thank you for listening.

October 30, 2017

Alabama seafood: fresh from the Gulf to your dinner plate

We are a state with abundant natural resources both on land and at sea. Millions of seafood consumers from our state and across the country depend on the hard working commercial fishermen and women of Alabama supply them with some of the best seafood the country has to offer.

October 27, 2017

Why Fishermen Support Magnuson-Stevens Act

Every day I spend on the water, I am amazed by the size of the Gulf, its natural resources and all the work it takes to preserve them for future generations....

October 26, 2017

Mississippi Seafood

The next time you enjoy Mississippi seafood, celebrate the people who brought it to you.

October 5, 2017

Sustainability in the Crosshairs

The red snapper tug of war in the Gulf of Mexico is being stretched to the limit in 2017, and the recreational fish grab is alive and well.

October 1, 2017

Celebrate National Seafood Month

Gulf Fishermen Commemorate Proud History of Sustainable American Seafood

September 28, 2017

Red Snapper - A Success Story

September 20, 2017

Meet Buddy Guindon

Read the Voyage Houston interview with Buddy.

September 12, 2017

Gulf Fishermen to Congress: Protect the Magnuson-Stevens Act

In testimony delivered before the U.S. Senate, Captain Bubba Cochrane of Galveston, TX, a commercial fisherman and President of the Shareholders’ Alliance, urges Congress to preserve and build on the successful track record of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

August 30, 2017

Shareholders’ Alliance Members to be Featured in “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” Documentary

Tomorrow, August 31, at 9:00 PM ET/ 8:00 PM CT, the Discovery Channel will air “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” a documentary that tells the stories of American ranchers, farmers and fishermen who are committed to preserving our precious natural resources.

August 4, 2017

Gulf Commercial Fishermen: Florida Fisheries Bill Is a ‘Good Faith Step in the Right Direction’

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement in response to introduction of the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act(S.1748) by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):

August 1, 2017

Gulf Commercial Fishermen Express Concerns Over New Red Snapper Bill

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement in response to introduction of the REDSNAPPER Act of 2017 (H.R. 3588) by Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA):

July 17, 2017

Statement on Red Snapper Lawsuit

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Defense Fund’s and the Ocean Conservancy’s complaints against the Department of Commerce’s decision to re-open the federal recreational red snapper season:

June 16, 2017

New Bill Would Give Young Fishermen in Gulf a Needed Boost

Gulf Fishermen Urge Lawmakers to Support Bipartisan Young Fishermen’s Development Act

June 14, 2017

Commemorating Ocean Week

Gulf Commercial Fishermen Commemorate Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2017

May 31, 2017

Shortest Federal Recreational Red Snapper Season

The Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance today issued the following statement at the outset of the shortest federal recreational red snapper season on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

April 27, 2017

Response to Season Length Projections

The Charter Fisherman’s Association and the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance issued a joint statement of concern today in response to recent projections for the length of the 2017 federal recreational red snapper season.

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 US OPPOSE GULF STATES RED SNAPPER TAKEOVER

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

PRESS RELEASE: SUPPORT FOR SECTOR SEPARATION

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

SHAREHOLDERS' ALLIANCE POSITION ON PROPOSED IFQ CHANGES

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

April 9, 2015

ILLEGAL FISHING

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

March 27, 2015

SHAREHOLDERS' ALLIANCE LAUNCHES COMMUNITY QUOTA BANK

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

ELECTRONIC MONITORING AND REPORTING IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

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.