Members of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) recently sent a “Dear Colleague” letter seeking original cosponsors for the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Conservation Act of 2013 (H.R. 3099). The bipartisan sponsors of H.R. 3099 include House CSC Co-Chairs, Representatives Bob Latta and Bennie Thompson and Vice-Chairs, Representatives Rob Wittman and Tim Walz.
This legislation would establish a coordinated Gulf States partnership for red snapper management through which the states would fully comply with a management plan approved and adopted by the Gulf States Marines Fisheries Commission.
In addition, H.R. 3099 includes provisions requiring that the Commission develop and execute a strategy for increasing the number of stock assessments and improving interstate collaboration in the collection and utilization of fishery data.
H.R. 3099 is among the nine titles included in the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013. For a synopsis of the SHARE Act, click here.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?