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harbisonharbison Posts: 5,214 Admiral
I am a native Florida recreational fisherman. I grew up when fishing was FREE with equal access for one and all. NOAA, heavily influenced by the so called 'environmentalist' such as EDF, has, with Sector Separation, succeeded in taking equal access away from the American salt water fisherman. First Amendment 40; next up NOAA's catch shares program takes the FREE out of fishing. Want to catch & keep a red snapper? No problem! Simply march down to our friendly Walmart and BUY a share to do so.
NOAA, as well as the Gulf Council, must answer to the Department of Commerce. The American fisherman has been able to get little to NO help from any of the above.
The five gulf states are represented by the Gulf Council:
Dr Crabtree, Regional Administrator, is a voting member on both the Gulf Council and South Atlantic Regional Management Council. He is a strong supporter of Amendment 40; of shares/separation:
Dr Crabtree's contact information:

Dr. Roy Crabtree,
Regional Administrator email

Phil Steele (designee) email
National Marine Fisheries Service
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701


Dr. Pam Dana is the Florida recreational 'representative' on the Gulf Council.
Amendment 40 separated the for hire and private recreational fisherman. This bill is directly responsible for the for hire ONLY extending of the ARS season until July 14. The Gulf Council's own web sight reported a 90 + public rejection rate of Sector Separation...Amendment 40. With complete disregard for public opinion the Gulf Council, including Dr. Pam Dana, voted in favor of Amendment 40. The Bill was signed into law by the Department of Commerce.
Dr. Pam Dana contact information:
Pamella Dana email
Sure Lure Charter Company
P.O. Box 1575
Destin, FL 32540 2011/2017
Rec/at large 850-556-5798


Department of Commerce contact information:
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Main line: (202) 482-2000

One of the most overwhelming forces in the entire universe is the voice of the American people. However, through apathy, this voice is often silent. If only 10% of those involved with fishing would be willing to fight for what should be ours, we could control instead of being controlled.

Bob Harbison A concerned native Florida Sportsman
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