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Will Trump Help Rhode Island's Commercial Fishers?

We have plenty of friends who hold both recreational guide licenses for taking clients out to catch fish, as well as commercial licenses that they use to catch grouper and snapper and other viable table fare when there are no paying clients. In some cases, they make a lot more commercial angling than they do with newbie clients (as fun as it might be).

But here on the Gulf of Mexico, where a select few (our friends among them) take precendence over recreational anglers. The American Red Snapper is a perfect example, with a 3-day federal season this year that is essentially useless. The "science" keeping us from targeting a wonderful (and abundant) species says that the fish might be endangered if people with rods and reels catch too many, so they shut us off.

Not so the commercials.

This is an article from WPRI.com in Rhode Island. We are sorry to hear about the plight of the commercial anglers there, and yeah, we hope that President Trump helps them out. After - and only after - he fixes the problem that recreationals have with the federals here in the Gulf.

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From the story:

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Local fishermen are asking President Donald Trump to hear their complaints and help the commercial fishing industry.

 

A group of Rhode Island fishermen left Point Judith early Wednesday morning to sail to New London, Conn., for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation later in the day. President Trump is delivering the commencement address, and the fishermen are hoping to catch his eye and draw attention to the problems they say are hurting the fishing industry.



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