TS Debby Causing Problems for the Fishing Industry

Tropical Storm Debby has made it impossible for charter boats to navigate in up the twelve foot waves.

With the shortened snapper season, that’s affecting charter boat captains and anglers.

Those in the fishing industry are hoping to convince the southeast fisheries management council to extend the season beyond the July 10th deadline because of the lost fishing days.

Bob Zales, president of the National Association of Charter Boat Captains and president of the Panama City Boating Association, and Pam Anderson from Anderson’s Marina joined NewsChannel 7 Today Wednesday morning to discuss the need for folks who are private anglers to get involved in the process and share their stories of what the shortened seasons mean to them, and how many of the locals have planned their vacations this month in order to catch and keep their Red Snapper.

They asked those in bait and tackle shops to share any impacts they may be having, as well as those who are charter and headboat operators.

From past experience, the Regional Administrator does not usually add days to the recreational season. We believe he needs to hear from as many as possible to know the true economic impacts.

The people to who need to be contacted are:
Rep. Steve Southerland's Deputy District Director, Melissa Thompson at melissa.thompson@mail.house.gov, Dr. Roy Crabtree, Regional Admin. of NOAA's Southeast Regional Fisheries at roy.crabtree@noaa.gov, and Dr. Pam Dana, the Florida Gulf Council Rep. from Destin at pamdana@yahoo.com.

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