85R10868 RMA-D
  By: Bonnen of Brazoria H.C.R. No. 105
         WHEREAS, In recent years, the Gulf of Mexico has contained
  the highest total allowable catch of red snapper in decades, but in
  2016, anglers experienced the shortest recreational fishing season
  to date, lasting less than two weeks; and
         WHEREAS, The U.S. government has overseen the Gulf
  recreational red snapper fishery for nearly four decades; today,
  federal management systems attempt to regulate red snapper fishing
  by the pound with tools specifically designed to manage the
  commercial sector, despite the fact that federal data collection
  systems are incapable of accounting to such a level of specificity
  for recreational harvests; and
         WHEREAS, The U.S. government has, moreover, neglected to use
  recent data to provide meaningful guidelines and requirements for a
  systematic reallocation of federal fisheries; except for minor
  adjustments to account for errors in its own data collection
  system, the Gulf red snapper fishery allocation is based on highly
  suspect data from 1979-1986 and has remained unchanged since 1991;
         WHEREAS, The federal government is currently promoting a
  management strategy to privatize the Gulf red snapper fishery;
  approximately 50 percent of the fishery is already held by private
  businesses, while another 20 percent has been designated to be
  sold; shares of this public resource have also been given away for
  free, based on a commercial operator's past catch history; and
         WHEREAS, Because of extraordinarily remiss requirements in
  its conflict of interest guidelines, the federal fisheries
  management system allows commercial operators who already own red
  snapper shares or who may be gifted shares to serve on the Gulf of
  Mexico Fishery Management Council and to cast votes on issues that
  will result in direct financial benefit for them; and
         WHEREAS, By creating a prohibitive environment for anglers
  and ethical issues among user groups and stakeholders, the U.S.
  government has proved itself incapable of properly managing red
  snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and all five states along the
  Gulf Coast have increasingly needed to implement regulations and
  seasons that are not consistent with the federal management plan;
         WHEREAS, Numerous studies, including some funded by NOAA
  Fisheries, indicate that the greatest economic engine in the Gulf
  reef fishery is the recreational angling sector, and federal
  control should be relinquished to the Gulf states, which depend
  most on this vital public resource; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby encourage Congress to pass legislation or adopt policies
  allowing Texas to manage the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery out
  to 200 nautical miles; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and to the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.