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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2012                           CONTACT: Ted Venker, 1-800-201-FISH

        Economic studies make convincing case for reallocation
 Mountain of evidence points to allocation increases for recreational anglers in the Gulf

    With the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council set to review allocations for Gulf red snapper
and grouper during its meeting this week in Tampa, Coastal Conservation Association has presented a
summary of 19 studies going back to 2000 that show the economic benefits of shifting a greater portion
of the allocation of these two species to the recreational sector. All of the studies, conducted by private,
academic and government scientists, have been presented to the Gulf Council previously and the
Council has chosen to take no affirmative action.
    "We're not talking about one or two studies, we're talking about an overwhelming body of work
spanning more than a decade by some of the most respected economists in fisheries management," said
Chester Brewer, chairman of CCA’s National Government Relations Committee. "The best available
economic science clearly supports increasing the recreational allocation. It is difficult to understand why
NOAA Fisheries has not acted on these studies before now to produce the best possible outcome for the
economies of the Gulf states and for the nation."
    CCA supports basing allocations on modern economic and demographic criteria that reflect current
and future realities for these fisheries rather than outdated catch histories. Management schemes that
give away public resources through measure such as sector separation and catch shares lock-in outdated
allocations to individual businesses, making those resources subsequently unavailable to respond to
economic and demographic changes.
    "We urge NOAA Fisheries to use the considerable economic information it has in hand to increase
opportunities for the entire recreational sector, comprised of hundreds of thousands of anglers," said
Brewer. "Recreational angling is an economic engine that should be enhanced during these tough
economic times that are impacting every sector of our society. These 19 studies indicate that a relatively
simple allocation shift would immediately produce economic benefits to anglers and the businesses that
depend on them."
    CCA supplied the summary of economic data to Gulf Council members and NOAA staff in a letter
to Council Chairman Robert Gill and urged the Council to act on the information to look objectively
towards maximizing the benefits generated for the entire nation by these valuable marine resources.


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