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Celebrity chefs compliment Gulf of Mexico red snapper program in congressional letter #Sustainability
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, | The Times-Picayune
on February 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM, updated February 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Joining Gulf of Mexico fishermen and distributors who have descended on Washington, D.C., the past few weeks to rally for various causes, some of the country’s most famous chefs sent a letter to legislators on Wednesday expressing their support of catch share fisheries management policies. Catch shares, wherein commercial fishermen are given a total amount of allowable catch, are used to help eliminate overfishing and restore fish stocks.

“In the United States, catch share systems have a strong track record in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, on the West Coast and are beginning to deliver good results for many of the iconic groundfish species in New England,” the chefs’ letter to Congress stated. “In fact, many seafood items that we rely on as restaurant professionals – like Alaskan halibut, sablefish, and Gulf of Mexico red snapper – come from successful catch share programs that are among the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world.”....