Background:** Red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and black sea bass in the South Atlantic have become iconic to many recreational fishermen as examples of federal fisheries management gone completely off the tracks. For some years, empirical evidence — and, more recently, statistical evidence as well — has established beyond doubt the great abundance of red snapper in the Gulf, where ironically, anglers faced their shortest season ever, a mere 40 days. Now Louisiana is moving to defy federal law and join Texas in setting separate, longer seasons in its waters. Black sea bass stocks in the South Atlantic are responding to management and rapidly rebuilding. As with snapper in the Gulf, recreational anglers are encountering them more frequently and catching their meager quota far more quickly, resulting in long closures of the fishery and compounding an already difficult offshore angling environment reeling from closures._
SPORT FISHING:_ What, if anything, would your administration do to a) give managers the resources (funding) to assess fish stocks such as red snapper/black sea bass as well as the ability to manage them according to current conditions; and b) reduce the apparent disparity between rebounding stocks and the opportunity anglers are being given to participate in those fisheries?