In response to Billie "Bubba" Cochrane's guest column ("Why local fishermen support the Magnuson-Stevens Act," The Daily News, Oct. 25): Cochrane’s discourse advocating status quo for red snapper management is expected; he is a commercial fisherman.
For years each commercial fisherman has been allotted, by the federal government, many thousands of pounds of snapper that they can fish for every day. Because they fetch about $7 a pound off the boat it is a very lucrative business.
Conversely, recreational fishermen were initially allowed just three consecutive days of fishing with a limit of two fish each day for 2017. Due to inclement weather during that period many were unable to fish from their small boats.
It is long past time that management of red snapper is given to each state bordering the Gulf of Mexico as each represents a unique ecosystem. And it has been clearly demonstrated that their fish and game departments have done outstanding jobs managing other animal populations.
Fortunately, they have strongly declared interests in assuming the task. Thus, it is expected that recreational fishermen would get a more equitable share of this common resource if the states were so involved.
In response to the longtime gross unequal allocations, recreational fishermen, state governments and congressmen are currently working on a resolution.