Regional Anglers Organizations
Click on; B - 5 IFQ Inter Sector Trading Issues - April 2013
They claim; "Except for potential resource re-allocation, no avenue to increase recreational access to red snapper resource."
What? Total BS.
If they improved the data, or enhance the habitat through increased artificial reefs which would produce more fish, then these would be viable avenues to increase recreational access to the red snapper resource. But, they would not be able to profit off of those avenues, now would they, so they are not really on the table.
"Auctions and lotteries granting the right to buy IFQ shares and allocation can be utilized."
"Private anglers form organizations, cooperatives, or groups and establish Regional Anglers Organizations
IFQ holders sell shares and allocation to Regional Anglers Organizations
Regional Anglers Organizations distribute shares and allocation to members and monitor harvests.
Regional Anglers Organizations adapted from angling management organizations (AMOs) proposed by Sutinen and Johnston (2003) "
Angling Management Organizations (AMOs)
AMOs are independent entities established by private recreational anglers. AMOs are open to all anglers
Instead of assigning fishing rights to individuals as in IFQ programs, angling rights are directly assigned to AMOs.
AMOs allow management devolution, co-management, and strengthened recreational harvest rights.
AMO design is left to stakeholders. Design elements include rights and responsibilities of members, funding, monitoring and enforcement."
This is being presented by the NMFS to push the GC into implementing privatization of our Public Trust Resources in the Gulf recreational fisheries despite their frequent denials of their intentions to do so. The methods are designed to avoid the required referendum for IFQ implementation, since the quota would be held by these AMOs.
Larry Abele was correct when he pointed out the irony that they gifted the commercial red snapper IFQ shares to a select few commercial fishermen, FOR FREE, yet they want the recreational fishermen to PURCHASE their shares, from....those same select few commercial IFQ fishermen.
Certainly does not meet National Standard 4 requirements, which states; "
(4) Conservation and management measures shall not discriminate between residents of different States. If it becomes necessary to allocate or assign fishing privileges among various United States fishermen, such allocation shall be (A) fair and equitable to all such fishermen; (B) reasonably calculated to promote conservation; and (C) carried out in such manner that no particular individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of such privileges."
Total utter BS.
Capt. Thomas J. Hilton