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Local Chefs who oppose Red Snapper Change.

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    By KevinRoberts on January 25, 2018

    Congress just received a letter from the following chefs opposing Graves’ changes to the red snapper allotment process:

    Anty Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
    Nina Compton of Compere Lapin
    Justin Devillier of Balise and La Petite Grocery
    Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette
    Stryjewski of Cochon and Cochon Butcher
    Brian Burns and Ryan Prewett of Peche Seafood Grill
    Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan and Co. Restaurant Group
    Ernest Prejean of Prejean’s in Lafayette
    Ryan Schantz of Calla
    Mark Alleman of Hook and Boil.

    Please forget about these selfish clowns when you plan a dinner or recommend a restaurant to friends.

    Big Disapointment-Louisiana Fishing/Hunting Shows
    January 17, 2018 | 3 Comments

    2 Responses to “Local Chefs who oppose Red Snapper Change.”

    1. What we as recreational fishers, we will TOTALLY BOYCOTT EACH AND EVERYONE OF the businesses listed and those to follow showing their opposition to Garrett Graves’ changes to red-snapper allotment!!! John Castelluccio, Jr.

    2. NEWS article in Metro New Orleans newspaper—

      GRAVES’ authored a Bill to address AND PREVENT the below:

      HOOKED UP: Red snapper allotment a retirement plan for many shareholders
      Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
      Monday, February 6th 2017, 10:10 pm CST
      Written by: Lee Zurik, Director of InvestigationsCONNECT
      Contributor: Tom Wright, Investigative ProducerCONNECT
      HOOKED UP – A Lee Zurik Investigation
      The most controversial part of the Red Snapper IFQ program may be the part that allows shareholders to sell their yearly allocation. It essentially turns some fishermen into businessmen.

      Our research has revealed about 120 shareholders – 37 percent of the whole – sell their entire allocation each year. It allows the shareholders to make tens, and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

      Galveston commercial fisherman Buddy Guindon defends these fishermen ”It’s his retirement,” he tells us.

      Slidell commercial fisherman Tommy Williams thinks some of the program needs to be tweaked, but he thinks these shares provide security for retirement fishermen

      “They worked for the shares,” Williams says. “They were out here, getting their hands cut, cut by fish, bit by fish, baiting hooks. That is their retirement because most fishermen don’t have a 401(k). This is their 401(k).”

      FOX 8 News sent letters to the fishermen who appeared to be selling their yearly allocations. We heard back from many of them.

      One left this voicemail:

      Your information is correct, but fails to take notice that I have a vessel permit, two of them, for over 50 years – and that I am currently 90 years old, and I don’t believe I need to be dropping a line in the water.

      Charles Sullivan sent us this email:

      I was a commercial fisherman for 37 years in the Gulf of Mexico. I earned my allocation for my production as a commercial fisherman. I cannot fish now so I lease my allocation to fishermen I know locally. Why do you have a problem with that, Lee? How many years have you spent out at sea fishing to earn an allocation? My guess is zero.

      But Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves says:

      Where do you even start here? This is so offensive and infuriating. This guy ‘earned’ a paycheck for his work. He never ‘earned’ the public’s natural resources. Let’s apply this same logic to other natural resources — oil and gas. What would happen if we just said that we would give away the nation’s oil and gas for free? That whoever we give it away to and their heirs would get to keep making millions off of it forever. People would and should go nuts. This is no different. What makes it worse is that the public resource is being taken away from the actual public that owns it — we can only fish for nine days while this guy can make millions by not ever lifting a finger.

      In regard to his retirement, go make that case to the thousands of teachers, police men and women, plumbers, truck drivers, and other hard-working Americans that are saving for their retirement. I began preparing for retirement when I was 15 by setting a small part of my paycheck aside. There are a number of good retirement options. I recommend a Roth IRA. Why does this guy think the public owes him millions of dollars for free when the rest of us work for it? This government handout mindset has to stop.
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