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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (Florida-02) and Congressman Darren Soto (Florida-09) recently sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, regarding recreational red snapper data.

“Fishing is a critical part of Florida’s economy, and red snapper fishing is essential to the Panhandle’s economy,” said Congressman Dunn. “Thanks to the independent research through the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Count, the absolute abundance of red snapper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was estimated at 110 million fish, which is three times more than the federal government’s estimate.  This data, combined with the state management of the fishery is great news for the state of Florida and our fishing community.”  

“By ensuring we have an accurate count of red snapper in the Gulf, we are investing in a critical industry that keeps our state moving forward,” said Congressman Soto. “We must support our Florida anglers on the federal level by permitting the use of multiple data points to improve the Gulf’s red snapper season and support Florida’s fishing industry.”

“Florida’s seaports play a vital role in shipping exports that help feed the world, and that includes fishery food products. Accurate red snapper data is vital to the sustainability of this important food product, as well as the sustainability of Florida’s blue economy,” said Mike Rubin, CEO and President, Florida Ports Council.

Fishing for red snapper is a daily revenue generator for America’s small businesses. Charter captains, bait shops, hotels, restaurants, towns, and counties are the beneficiaries of the thousands of anglers who enjoy fishing for red snapper. This new framework would appropriately increase the quota for Gulf of Mexico anglers and stimulate the economy. Accurate data means more fishing for the panhandle.

Read the full letter here