No relief for red snapper. Fishery managers in the Gulf of Mexico refuse to rein in unsustainable overfishing.
This is the 9th year in a row that managers have perpetuated overfishing, and red snapper are now down to 3% of historic abundance.
In a classic example of declining expectations (shifting baselines), charter boat operator Ron Woodruff seems satisfied with 3%. He said "there's more fish out in this Gulf of Mexico than there were back in the 1980s." What, was it 2% in the 1980s?
Fishermen need to stand up for the future in the Gulf of Mexico, and demand an end to overfishing. Who else will do it?