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Without making this long and drawn out, if we want the commercial fisherman off the water, then we have to buy their licenses. The majority of the funding to buyout shrimpers has come from $3 surcharge on saltwater stamps.
More money has come in from private groups, including SCA Texas. There is also an push underway to accelerate the buyback, called Texas 2007 initiative. All of this is being paid for by me and you, the recreational guys.

The timeline on commercial fishing traditionally has been overfishing>limited entry>buyback We may be seeing this happen to the Gulf Shrimp fishery soon.
 

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according to testimony given by a state biologist in Galveston at a NMFS meeting, snapper will remain overfished until shrimping in the Gulf ends. It's slowly boiling down to commercial fisherman becoming fish farmers.
 
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