The offshore purse seine fishery took off in response to the demand created by Prudhomme’s blackened redfish. NOAA scientists purse seining redfish in the Gulf. Photo: National Marine Fisheries Service/Karen Mitchell
by Ed Lallo/Gulf Seafood News Editor
Before the current Gulf red snapper controversy that has lasted what seems like an eternity, the Gulf of Mexico’s most hotly contested fish was red drum, or redfish. In his latest work, author Robert Fritchey brings to life the history of a recreational fishing organization that influenced fishery management and the politics of the Gulf states in a way that resulted in taking fish off Americans’ dinner plates and placing them on the hooks of private anglers.
Missing Redfish: The Blackened History of a Gulf Coast Icon, from New Moon Press, chronicles the transformation of a universally shared source of nourishment and recreation into an engine for the consumption of goods and services related to sport fishing.
Fritchey, from Golden Meadow, LA, is the author of Wetland Riders. In his latest e-book recently released on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press and Apple iTunes, he documents how politics, policies and …read more