FY2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act
May 9, 2012
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) introduced an
amendment to the FY2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act to prohibit all
funding under the act for the purpose of developing or implementing new catch share
programs in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Coast that have not already been approved.
The legislation maintains the status quo and does not impact catch share programs that
are currently in place for the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.
The Southerland-Grimm Amendment was approved by the House of Representatives on
May 9, 2012, by a bipartisan 220-191 margin.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) was amended in 2006 to include provisions
authorizing regional councils to adopt limited access privilege programs, also known as
“catch shares.” MSA also has 10 National Standards that must be met when establishing
management plans. Among these are fairness, use of the best available science,
economic allocation as a sole purpose is prohibited, measures must prevent overfishing,
take into account the importance of fishery resources to fishing communities, provide for
sustained participation of such communities, minimize adverse economic impacts on
such communities, minimize bycatch and promote safety.
Must prevent overfishing and must be fair: Catch shares have no sustainability
measures built-in. They are rather, a method to distribute shares of the allowable catch
among fishermen. The distribution method is generally based on recent historical catch
and can grant large windfalls to the few while not granting enough shares to many. This
unfair distribution has caused dramatic decreases in the fleet, forcing many out of
business. From 2007 to 2008, Red Snapper permits in the Gulf of Mexico dropped by
15%. Shares were introduced in 2006.
Use of best available science: NOAA funds for science have been reallocated to catch
share programs while Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico hasn’t been assessed since
2009. Red Snapper in the South Atlantic has been shut down since 2010 with no
assessment date currently established.
Take into account the economic impact and provide for sustained participation:
Catch Share programs rationalized the fleet, through unfair allocation and cause serious
economic damage to fishing communities along the Atlantic and Gulf regions.
Additionally, when shares are implemented, they have an adverse effect on recreational
fishermen, boats for hire, head boats and private anglers. Consequently, hotels,
restaurants, gas stations, tackle shops and marinas suffer when locals and tourists can’t
Catch share programs are administered by eight regional fisheries management councils
under the umbrella of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council manages the fisheries in Federal
waters off the coasts of the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida
(off the west coast to Key West). The Council has 17 voting members.
The Act requires that any type of catch share or fishing quota system developed by the
New England Council or the Gulf of Mexico Council be approved by a referendum
among eligible permit holders. However, concerns have been raised by fishermen at
local council meetings that the referendum process has not been adhered to.
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May 8, 2012
The Southerland-Grimm Amendment closes the loophole that was created by environmental
special interest groups to expand Limited Access Privilege Programs, also known as “catch
shares,” along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.
Catch shares are no different than any other inside-the-Beltway style tactic determined to destroy
every aspect of American freedom under the guise of “conservation.”
By capping the amount of fish that may be caught annually and gifting a select few with shares
of the annual catch, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is
privatizing access to a once open fishery. Make no mistake about it: catch shares are nothing
less than a cap-and-trade management system for our oceans.
The Southerland-Grimm Amendment will stop Washington bureaucrats from picking winners
and losers in our fisheries.
Extreme environmentalists have teamed up with a small group of wealthy fishing corporations to
control who is allowed to fish in America’s waters. Based on biased and flawed science, catch
shares have NOT proven to increase fish populations. These programs serve only to make the
rich richer, while killing jobs, hurting families, and negatively impacting the hardworking men
and women in our coastal comminutes.
The Southerland-Grimm Amendment does NOT change current catch share regulations, it
simply prevents funding within the FY2013 C.J.S. Appropriations Act from developing,
approving, or implementing catch share programs that have not ALREADY been developed,
approved, or implemented.
Please see the attached list of organizations who are STRONGLY OPPOSED to catch shares.
For more information please contact Mike DeFilippis at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org at
Steve Southerland, II Michael Grimm
Member of Congress Member of Congress
THE LIST BELOW REPRESENTS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORKING AND
RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN OF THE GULF OF MEXICO OPPOSED TO CATCH
National Association of Charterboat Operators
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Food and Water Watch
Southeastern Fisheries Association
Southern Offshore Fishing Association
Fishing Rights Alliance
America Alliance of Fishermen and Communities
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association
Florida Guides Association
Organized Fishermen of Florida
Alabama Seafood Association
Louisiana Shrimp Association
Recreational Fishing Alliance, Texas Chapter
Texas Shrimp Association
Panama City Boatmen Association
Marco Island Charter Captains Association
Pensacola Charter Boat Association
Pensacola Recreational Fisherman’s Association
Islamorada Charter Boat Association
Destin Charter Boat Association
Key West Charter Boat Association
Organized Fishermen of Florida, Marathon Chapter
SFA East Coast Fisheries Section
Directed Sustainable Fisheries, Inc
Mississippi Charter Boat Captains Association
Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc
Coastal Bend Guides Association
Greg Abrams Seafood
Water Street Seafood
Key Largo Fisheries
A.P. Bell Fish Company, Inc
Star Fish Company of Cortez, Inc
Madeira Group, Inc
David Barber Seafood
Madeira Beach Seafood Co.
Saveon Seafood Co.
Stokes Fish Company
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Capt. Alex Seafood
Capt. Eddie’s Seafood, Inc
Gary’s Seafood Specialties, Inc
Mermaid Foods, Inc
A.M Fishing Products
John Mantia & Sons
Fortune Fish Co
Nachman’s Native Seafood
Seacore Seafood Inc
Sea Farms Inc
Billy’s Stone Crab
MB Seafood Company, Inc
Cape Canaveral Shrimp Co.
Wild Ocean Seafood Market
Top Tuna, Inc
ABC Sport Fishing
J D Seafood
P J Seafood
Safe Harbour Seafood
Wallace Seafood Trader
Dean Blanchard Seafood
Sharko Seafood Intl, Inc
BAIT AND TACKLE SHOPS
Fishermens Ice and Bait
Rusty Belly Restaurant
Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant
Captain Anderson’s Marina
Smith’s Yacht Basin
Madeira Marine Services
Mexico Beach Marina
Woody’s Sport Center
MARINE SUPPORT BUSINESSES
Duys Marine Electronics
Watkins Oil Company, Inc
Addictive Bottom Cleaning
The Grove of Mexico Beach
Sun Dance Realty
The Shell Shack
Emerald Coast Jewelry
Frost Pottery Garden
Iveys Nail Spa
Catheys Ace Hardware
Parker Realty of Mexico Beach
The Driftwood Inn
El Governor Hotel
Forgotten Coast Property Management and Rentals
Gulf Foods of Mexico Beach
The Trading Post Cape San Blas
Beach Barber Shop
Harmon Real Estate and Rentals
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