I have been covering the Gulf of Mexico red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) fishery and the ongoing battle between state and federal fisheries managers on how to best manage that fishery when it comes to recreational angling. Louisiana State University fisheries professor James Cowan has been an important voice in the debate over the fishery, and he was quoted in a 16 April 2013 story in the The Times-Picayune with the following opinion:
We’ve had this issue every single time in my experience, and I’ve been looking at this for 20-something years. I’ve seen this happen three or four times where we get a strong year-class and the biomass appears to ramp up quickly, as it has done recently, and we start seeing these fish in the fishery, and we increase the pressure on them. If the [Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management] Council would agree just one time when we have this sort of situation–when we have these strong year-classes produced–to protect those year-classes, we’d be much better off.