February 04, 2013 at 10:12am
LA WLF passed a measure to extend its coastal waters out 10 NM. Effectively, LA can regulate these waters for snapper. However, there are not many snapper within 10 miles of LA's coastline. Additionally, there is a conflict of law between LA and the Feds since the Feds control the snapper fishery.
Currently, the NMFS/Gulf Council are weighing regional management of the fishery, which would extend out into the gulf way beyond 10 NM. This would allow LA or La and any combination of the gulf states to regulate the fishery (within Federal Guidelines).
It is a mess. If you are a snapper fisherman, it would behoove you to get involved with CCA or another similar fisherman's rights organization to educate yourself and to get involved with the process and regime that is stacked against us.
If anyone wants to turn this into a CCA bashing thread, feel free. But judging by the attendance at the last Gulf Council Meeting in BR there is not much else in the way of the Feds taking away Snapper fishing completely. The meeting was 95% attended by CCA members speaking in favor of regional management.