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Anglers Urged to Speak Out at Gulf Council Meetings

It's vital that the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council hear from local fishermen to increase red snapper fishing opportunities, says recreational-fishing organization

October 16, 2015
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“We need local fishermen at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meetings to speak out on red snapper,” says a spokesman for Keep America Fishing.
The impetus in this case, according to KAF, is Reef Fish Amendment 39, which is coming up for discussion.
“That would give the Gulf states increased flexibility in managing red snapper seasons and bag limits. Increased state flexibility means increased fishing opportunities,” says KAF, which offers a series of talking points for those who can show up at a council meeting.
“Amendment 39 is a sensible path forward but the opposition is well organized and well-funded. They will be out in force and want to stop you from getting your fair share of red snapper,” the spokesman says. “That’s why it’s so important to show our strength by filling the room.” Public input will be sought at the following council meetings:

Alabama
Tues, October 20, 2015
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street Mobile AL 36602

Florida
Thurs, October 22, 2015
Embassy Suites
570 Scenic Gulf Drive
Destin, FL 32550

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Tues, October 27, 2015
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Louisiana
Mon, November 2, 2015
Doubletree
4964 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Mississippi
Mon, October 19, 2015
Courtyard Marriott Gulfport Beachfront
1600 East Beach Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39501

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Texas
Mon, October 19, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
6717 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

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