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AMENDMENT 40 - Sector Separation Public Hearing Meetings
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings over the next few weeks on a privatization of Gulf Red Snapper. REEF FISH AMENDMENT 40 - SECTOR SEPARATION proposes to separate charter/for-hire businesses from the recreational sector, and give them personalized allotments of red snapper to use as their own. If Amendment 40 passes, up to 75 percent of the entire GULF RED SNAPPER FISHERY could be PRIVATELY HELD, for PRIVATE PROFIT. (For full details, click here)

http://www.gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/public_hearings_scoping_meetings.php

The public hearing will take place on August 12, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select, 2001 Martin Luther King Blvd, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. We encourage you to participate and speak out against Amendment 40. Personal appearances are given greater weight in this convoluted process, but if you can't attend, use this link to make your opinion known.

Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) urges anglers to help stop Red Snapper Takeover
Twice in the past two years, members and supporters of the RFA have successfully united coast wide opposition to sector separation at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. While literally thousands of recreational fishermen responded to calls opposing the various sector separation mechanism proposed under a multitude of versions since 2013, the Gulf Council is AGAIN entertaining proposals pushed by the Environmental Defense Fund and its well-funded investors. "Once again we are asking all recreational fishermen who fish the Gulf of Mexico to speak up and in staunch opposition to this treacherous scheme to tear our community apart," said RAF executive director Jim Donofrio. To read full details of the RFA stance, click here.

CALL TO ACTION
The next two Gulf Council meetings will decide the fate of our access to our fishery, and these meetings are very important to turn the tide. The next Gulf Council meeting will be held in Biloxi, MS at the Beau Rivage August 25-29th, with public comments being accepted on August 25th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. When it comes to Council decisions, personal testimony at the meetings can be the deciding factor. Capt Anderson's Marina will be hosting a bus to Biloxi on August 25th for anyone interested in speaking at the council meeting. If you would like to attend, please call Susan or Jodie at 850-234-3435.
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  • BubbaIIBubbaII Posts: 328 Deckhand
    AMENDMENT 40 - Sector Separation Public Hearing Meetings

    Lower your shields and surrender your ships. The Borg will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.



    LOL..... not sure what all this consternation is. The charter boats get what they've caught in the past; the private guys get what they caught. Seems someone wants to steal someone else's stuff and say its ours to begin with. charter boats take private anglers fishing. All fish caught, whether by charter boats or guys on their own boats are recreational fishermen.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    We better surrender.:grin
  • ACME Ventures FishingACME Ventures Fishing Posts: 851 Officer
    BubbaII wrote: »

    The charter boats get what they've caught in the past; the private guys get what they caught. Seems someone wants to steal someone else's stuff and say its ours to begin with. charter boats take private anglers fishing. All fish caught, whether by charter boats or guys on their own boats are recreational fishermen.

    Two great issues, glad you brought these points up.

    1) A small collaborative of Charter Business Owners WANT what the entire CFH fleet caught in
    the past, at a time when many more participates. That is a little more accurate depiction of the
    picture playing out right now. This is a HUGE problem however because many of the boats used
    to determine their "Historic" numbers are not operating now. Why do the smaller number of boats
    deserve quota from historic and now non existing ones? Sounds like someone really is trying to
    steal something that is not theirs. After all, where would all that extra quota come from? Cant really
    say a Separate CFH quota would still be a recreational quota, since the "Control" of such would now
    be in the business owners hands and not the angler, or Harvesters control.

    2) We have been saying this all along, and so glad you said it! "All fish caught, whether by charter boats or guys on their own boats are recreational fishermen." How true. With this clear and well stated fact, why is it a handful of business owners want the recreational angler to give up, or cede their "Harvest Rights" to them?
    Its their fish, not the Captain, boat owner or business owner of a CFH operation that should then rightly
    have any say in the process, isn't it? As you previously stated, SS would only make 2 "Derby's", so really
    no point to it unless it was simply a stepping stone to something else.......IFQ's. But again, were back to the
    rightful stakeholders, the recreational anglers, the "Harvesters". So a small group of business owners are
    seeking to gain control of a large percentage of the recreational harvest, taking away the Harvest Rights
    inherent to the recreational harvester and transferring to the business entity for commercial gain. does that
    about sum the SS/IFQ scheme up?
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    BubbaII wrote: »
    Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

    So tell us, is this Roy and staff's "Mission Statement", "Quality Control Directive", or "Commitment to Stakeholders"? :shrug
  • Tom HiltonTom Hilton Posts: 1,595 Captain
    BubbaII wrote: »

    LOL..... not sure what all this consternation is. The charter boats get what they've caught in the past; the private guys get what they caught. Seems someone wants to steal someone else's stuff and say its ours to begin with. charter boats take private anglers fishing. All fish caught, whether by charter boats or guys on their own boats are recreational fishermen.

    The mantra is that they aren't taking 1 single fish from ANYONE - that they simply what is their "historical" take. Problem is that in order to come up with the roughly 50% take of our rec fish, they have to go back almost 30 years - most of these guys fishing today weren't chartering 30 years ago, and there were a LOT more charter captains back then than today. Also, the NMFS has changed their methodologies and it even states on their website that you can't mix data from 1986 with data after 2000, but of course, that is exactly what they are doing.

    If the latest data shows that the Gulf for-hire fleet (headboat and charter) is landing about 1/3 of the fish, and they gift them 50% of the rec quota, then where exactly are these extra fish coming from?

    The Gulf private recreational fishermen.

    For example, the Alabama red snapper reporting program shows that the for-hire fleet landed about 5,300 bag limits and the private recs landed about 11,700 bag limits during the 9 day season this year. If they were operating under a 50% take, then the for-hire would get 8,500 bag limits (60% INCREASE), and the private recs would get 8,500 bag limits - a 27% DECREASE.

    That is fish stolen from those Alabama fishermen this year, if that scheme was in place.

    Those 8,500 bag limits become the private property of the for-hire corporations to be doled out as they see fit for their maximum profit - remember, we are talking about our Public Trust Resource here.

    And they say that they just want what is theirs - BS. They want what we ALL own and to be able to call it THEIRS.
  • Tom HiltonTom Hilton Posts: 1,595 Captain
    The "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" doctrine has already been found not to work and is in fact illegal - don't know why they think it will work in our fisheries - it won't.
  • BubbaIIBubbaII Posts: 328 Deckhand
    Tom Hilton wrote: »
    The "SEPARATE BUT EQUAL" doctrine has already been found not to work and is in fact illegal - don't know why they think it will work in our fisheries - it won't.

    Resistance is futile, Tom. Come....... drink the Kool-Aid....... it is sweet and pleasures the system.
  • So just to press this point, brought up by Bubba.......... "WHO's" quota is this being discussed?
    The Recreational Harvesters, or the Charter Business Owners?

    IF, SS went thru, Who's fish would they be then? What would it do to recreational anglers wanting to ARS fish
    on boats other than CFH?

    IF then IFQ's would happen, Who's fish would they be? WHO would get to vote on a required referendum, the
    "Harvester", or the business owner?
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