SAFMC hearing - 1/29 Dolphin & Wahoo
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    Senior Member Dave's Avatar
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    Winter Park/Melbourne Beach Florida

    Exclamation SAFMC hearing - 1/29 Dolphin & Wahoo

    The South Atlantic Fishery Mismanagement Council will be holding public hearings in January on several subjects. The main issues will be regarding the management of the dolphin and wahoo fisheries. While their own statistics show that the fisheries are more than healthy they want to begin the process of taking away our ability to fish for these fish. They also want to take away more fish from the recreational anglers and give them to the commercial side.
    Attendance and speaking at these hearings is very important as this is the only chance we have to stop the process of taking away our fish.
    Public hearings will be held from 4 7 pm at the following locations:
    January 28 - Jacksonville Marriott
    4670 Salisbury Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32256

    January 29 - Doubletree by Hilton Cocoa Beach
    2080 North Atlantic Avenue
    Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

    January 30 - Holiday Inn Key Largo
    99701 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Here are some suggested comments for the hearings:

    Comments for Dolphin Wahoo public hearings
    Amendment 5
    Action 1: Revise ABC, ACL (including sector ACLs), sector allocations, and recreational ACT for dolphin and wahoo based on MRIP estimates.
    We support Alternative 1. No action. (Do not revise ABC, ACLs, allocations, and ACTs for dolphin and wahoo. Data will not be updated with data from Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), commercial, and for-hire landings.)
    The present status of the dolphinfish is very stable based on the statistics from NMFS quarterly updates. Dolphinfish are not listed as overfished, undergoing overfishing, have a FSSI score of 4 (the maximum) and have maintained a Biomass to Biomass max sustainable yield ratio of 1.56 for every year since 2008. This conclusively proves that the fishery is strong and not in need of any additional regulations.
    Action 2: Revise the accountability measures for dolphin and wahoo
    We support Alternative 1. No action.
    There is no need for any changes in the regulations for the reasons set forth above.
    Action 3: Modify the dolphin sector allocations
    Alternative 1. No action. Do not modify the current sector allocations for dolphin. The recreational sector allocation for dolphin is 92.7%
    NOTE: The advisory panel recommended changing the allocation to 87% recreational/13% commercial
    Action 4: Revise the framework procedure in the Dolphin Wahoo FMP
    We support Alternative 1. No action. Do not modify the framework procedure established in the Dolphin Wahoo FMP (SAFMC 2003)

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    General Fishing Administrator Docked Wages's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Rockledge / Bahamas
    This is beyond ridiculous and the only way to fight these closures are to attend these meetings,
    I hope to see a packed house on Jan 29
    Mark Wilson

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