Re: Tommy Vidrine Observations on Pogey Baots in Grand Isle/Bell
May 30 at 12:11pm
Here is the link to the March, 2020 article which appeared in 'SPORT FISHING' Magazine.https://www.sportfishingmag.com/story/game-fish/menhaden-seiners-killing-louisiana-red-drum/
I brought up this info at the Metairie Wildlife Meeting and was 'pushed-side'!
I forwarded the article to Tony Cyprus 'Mandavillian' who likewise brought up the same article/info at the meeting he attended within the following week or two.
Basically, two FOREIGN POGIE COMPANIES (Canada & Africa) reported that they removed 2.2 BILLION pounds of pogie from the Gulf of Mexico and of that...90% came from Louisiana waters. There are NO FEDERAL/STATE OBSERVERS aboard during this processing.
SOMEHOW...they are 'allowed' a 'by-catch/incident' rate of FIVE PERCENT...go figure 5% of 2 BILLION POUNDS of which the bulk are brood-stock redfish, trout, TURTLES, drum, flounder, etc... This 'reported amount' comes directly from these two companies with no one questioning their figures.
ADDITIONALLY, THERE IS NO LIMIT/QUOTA ON THEIR CATCH hindering their operations!
These two companies surely have 'DEEP-POCKETED LOBBYIST in Baton Rouge to allow this without any resistance from Federal., Gulf States and/or Louisiana Marine and Fisheries officials!
W H Y ???$$$???