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LOCAL CHEFS WHO OPPOSE RED SNAPPER ALLOTMENT

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LOCAL CHEFS WHO OPPOSE RED SNAPPER CHANGE

FROM ANOTHER WEBSITE: Congress just received a letter from the following chefs opposing Graves' changes to the red snapper allotment process:

Anty Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

Nina Compton of Compere Lapin

Justin Devillier of Balise and La Petite Grocery

Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette

Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher

Brian Burns and Ryan Prewett of Peche Seafood Grill

Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan and Co. Restaurant Group

Ernest Prejean of Prejean's in Lafayette

Ryan Schantz of Calla

Mark Alleman of Hook and Boil.

Please forget about these selfish clowns when you plan a dinner or recommend a restaurant to friends.

I believe, we as recreational fishers will TOTALLY BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF the businesses listed and those to follow who also show their opposition to Garrett Graves' changes to red-snapper allotment!!! John Castelluccio, Jr. (I am not the originator of this post-BUT DO SUPPORT A TOTAL BOYCOTT)
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Can you give a short summary of the red snapper allotment process in lamen's terms and what is the outcome of these chefs opposing the red snapper change? I guess I haven't followed this close enough. Not being a jerk, but wondering why a boycott of these businesses?
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GRAVES' authored a Bill to address AND PREVENT the below:

HOOKED UP: Red snapper allotment a retirement plan for many shareholders
Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
Written by: Lee Zurik, Director of InvestigationsCONNECT
Contributor: Tom Wright, Investigative ProducerCONNECT
HOOKED UP - A Lee Zurik Investigation
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
The most controversial part of the Red Snapper IFQ program may be the part that allows shareholders to sell their yearly allocation. It essentially turns some fishermen into businessmen.

Our research has revealed about 120 shareholders - 37 percent of the whole - sell their entire allocation each year. It allows the shareholders to make tens, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Galveston commercial fisherman Buddy Guindon defends these fishermen ”It’s his retirement,” he tells us.

Slidell commercial fisherman Tommy Williams thinks some of the program needs to be tweaked, but he thinks these shares provide security for retirement fishermen

“They worked for the shares,” Williams says. “They were out here, getting their hands cut, cut by fish, bit by fish, baiting hooks. That is their retirement because most fishermen don't have a 401(k). This is their 401(k).”

FOX 8 News sent letters to the fishermen who appeared to be selling their yearly allocations. We heard back from many of them.

One left this voicemail:

Your information is correct, but fails to take notice that I have a vessel permit, two of them, for over 50 years – and that I am currently 90 years old, and I don’t believe I need to be dropping a line in the water.
Charles Sullivan sent us this email:

I was a commercial fisherman for 37 years in the Gulf of Mexico. I earned my allocation for my production as a commercial fisherman. I cannot fish now so I lease my allocation to fishermen I know locally. Why do you have a problem with that, Lee? How many years have you spent out at sea fishing to earn an allocation? My guess is zero.

But Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves says:

Where do you even start here? This is so offensive and infuriating. This guy 'earned' a paycheck for his work. He never 'earned' the public's natural resources. Let's apply this same logic to other natural resources -- oil and gas. What would happen if we just said that we would give away the nation's oil and gas for free? That whoever we give it away to and their heirs would get to keep making millions off of it forever. People would and should go nuts. This is no different. What makes it worse is that the public resource is being taken away from the actual public that owns it -- we can only fish for nine days while this guy can make millions by not ever lifting a finger.

In regard to his retirement, go make that case to the thousands of teachers, police men and women, plumbers, truck drivers, and other hard-working Americans that are saving for their retirement. I began preparing for retirement when I was 15 by setting a small part of my paycheck aside. There are a number of good retirement options. I recommend a Roth IRA. Why does this guy think the public owes him millions of dollars for free when the rest of us work for it? This government handout mindset has to stop.
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I for one will no longer go to these restaurants
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Well, there’s a list of restaurants that I will never set foot in again. The restaurant lobbyists are strong, very strong, but collectively, the recreational fishermen are stronger. Folks, words won’t get these chef’s attention but when you make your opinion known with your credit card (or lack of credit card), they will eventually get the message. For the last six years I have never ordered red snapper in a restaurant and encourage my dining friends to do the same.
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To Buddy and all those commercial snapper fishermen who think they are “entitled” to those never ending allotments, let’s compare. I was a pilot for twenty years and got paid to fly, am I entitled to someones airplane for the rest of time. For a waiter or waitress that worked for twenty years, are they entitled to free food for the rest of time. For the car salesman that worked for GMC for twenty years, are they entitled to free cars for the rest of time. For the bank employee of twenty years, are they entitled to free money for the rest of their days. How absurd is that thinking?! Someone please explain how this is allowed. Drain the swamp,
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I reckon these chefs who made these comments against Congressman Graves' plan were probably uninformed. Instead of researching this issue for themselves they swallowed hook line & sinker some one-sided BS propaganda from their seafood suppliers.

I will no longer go to Peche, Cochon, Cochon Butcher and will avoid these other places as well.
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No one will notice if you don't go. If you really want to do something, leave reviews mentioning this issue on yelp, google, opentable, etc.
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