Pew Urges Congressional Committee to Reject Gulf Red Snapper Bill

H.R. 3094 would undermine fisheries law, compromise conservation, and threaten the population’s recovery

On June 14, Pew submitted a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources asking them to oppose H.R. 3094. By removing American red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico from the regionally based, stakeholder-driven management system established under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the bill would put the ongoing recovery of the population at risk. It would also reduce the participatory roles of fishermen and other citizens in basic decision-making, weaken requirements to ensure sustainable and equitable management, and erode transparency.