Greetings FS Forum Members,
My name is Jason and I've been selected to sit on the Gulf Council's Panel on Recreational Data Collection. I'm from Bay County (born/raised) and I've been fishing in the Gulf most of my life. Red Snapper is by far my favorite target. Like every other angler, I'm frustrated with what the feds are doing to recreational fishermen. Rather than sit back and become more and more cynical, I decided to get involved in the process. Like every other recreational angler, I have a full time job and a family that consume 99% of my time. I'm trying to get up to speed on the info surrounding this issue so I can hopefully make a decent contribution to this process. I've been keeping up with the news from the various recreational angler sites and organizations. I'll also spend more time reading the threads on this forum. Our first meeting is in May. I'd love to hear your ideas on the best way to solicit data from recreational fishermen. I understand there are cynics who will say that nothing we can do will help, etc, etc. However, I'm looking for honest, constructive ideas/opinions on what might help our case with the feds.
My initial thought/idea was a website that is similar to the FS fishing report forums that could be used to encourage recreational guys to provide catch data. I was excited to learn about angleraction.org as this was what I had in mind. I've also heard ideas about purchasing snapper tags. What are your thoughts?
I appreciate your feedback and ideas.