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    LonglinesComing to Florida Straits

    Well I just got the call I did not want to get.

    Margo at HMS has let the fox into the hen house and has approved the Exempt Fishery Permit to let a nearly unlimited group of longlines back into the closed zone of the coast of Florida North of Stuart.

    Sorry you East Coast guys, probably will see a significant decline it tuna, dolphin, marlin, swords, etc

    This is clearly opening the zone as it is a three year permit.

    Thank you Margo Schulze-Haugen at HMS for giving in to commercial interests.

    This is what happens when we don't pay attention

    Tell her what you think at Margo.Schulze-Haugen@NOAA.gov

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    https://www.votervoice.net/COASTAL/C.../53985/Respond

    pre-written letter to voice opposition.
    "He who hoots with the owls at night will not soar with the eagles at dawn"
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    This proposal was clearly voted against by the HMS panel, but Margo, Scott Taylor of Day Boast LLC and Dave Kerstetter, (the worst fishery researcher on the planet) met privately with Margo, cut some kind of inside deal and now we have 6-12 boats fishing in the closed zone under the BS of research.

    This isn't research, the "scientist" is paid by the longline company so he will train the crew as observers and call it fake science.

    This guy Dave Kerstetter has produced some of the worst research anyone has ever submitted.

    This guy is a joke and the "science" is BS!

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    Best "science" money can buy! Enviros/commercials use their foundation $$ to fund bogus "science" to bolster their agenda.

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    There's no corruption, nothing to see here, move along.....
    Tight Lines, Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfman View Post
    There's no corruption, nothing to see here, move along.....
    I have a nice piece of bottom land I have been holding onto but I think it might be time to let it go. It`s about 40 miles west of Clearwater. Are you interested?

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    From discussions I have had over the last week, and while a pack of longline boats are already fishing in the closed zone, this isn't over yet.

    Remember, you can't have the fox guarding the hen house and Dave Kerstetter has done nothing much but research FOR the PLL fleet.

    Some heavy hitters are on this and a meeting was held with Dept of Commerce last week that may put the Scott and Dave show to bed for good!

    I hear FS is doing an article and I am doing one for Florida Sportfishing.

    So the three musketeers may have a short lived fishing trip! (third party of this group used to post here)

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    Good news.

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    Interesting now that we have a copy of the EFP we find out only a small percentage of the sets have an observer on board. So in other words, Dave Kerstetter of NSU is dumb as a rock to sanction this with his stamp of "research", and now we find he let Day boats off for very few dollars and will sanction Captains and Crew recording their catch.

    Now if thats not the Fox guarding the hen house, what is, in other words, Margo Schulze-Haugen doesn't think we need observer anymore.


    Honestly, the kind of research Dave does, observers aren't necessary since he doesn't report anything anyway.

    This guy is a frgging Joke of a "scientist"

    I promise you this fight is far from over. FWC will have alot to say at the next HMS meeting(which is also a joke of an organization, HMS AP does nothing!)

    In other words, HMS is a waste of time as they will do whatever they want regardless of the comments. Comments are to meet a regulatory requirement and they mean nothing.

    Its time for Margo and HMS to go as they have outlive their usefulness!

    Write Dept of Commerce and NOAA and tell them Margo needs to be put out to pasture!

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    So, Dave Kerstetter hOlds the permit and works at Nova Southeastern in the marine biology department with Guy Harveys name on it. GH is an outspoken conservationist. Where is he on this?

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