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NOAA to allow more ARS kills by Shrimpers??

Here we go again, at the same time the Feds continue to ratchet down the harvest of RED SNAPPER they are considering allowing commercial shrimpers to kill more of them as "by catch" in the Gulf.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Gulf Council Rule Likely to Increase Destructive By-Catch in Shrimp Trawling


NOAA Fisheries is currently taking comments on a proposal from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council that would allow an increase in the amount of commercial shrimp trawl fishing effort in the northern Gulf of Mexico. If fully implemented, Shrimp Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico would allow commercial shrimpers to trawl an additional 5,800 24-hour days in the northern Gulf, a relative increase in Gulf-wide effort of 21 percent.

This action will also dramatically increase the amount of bycatch killed in shrimp trawls, including Atlantic croaker, seatrout and juvenile red snapper.

Reductions in shrimp trawl bycatch – the result of a successful CCA lawsuit and the 2005 hurricane season – led directly to an extraordinary rebound in the Gulf red snapper population. No measure taken before 2005 had even begun to reverse the downward spiral of red snapper that had endured for decades. Nonetheless, federal fishery managers now appear willing to take the risky bet of allowing significantly more destructive shrimp trawls in the Gulf of Mexico and putting the recovery of red snapper at risk.

Shrimp trawls are among the most destructive, indiscriminate commercial gears in use today. To catch one pound of shrimp roughly seven pounds of bycatch come up in the nets. That bycatch can be anything in the ocean that cannot outswim the nets, and almost all of it is culled and thrown back dead. The toll from tens of thousands of shrimp trawl tows every year is a devastating, hidden impact on our ocean ecosystems, but no one knows the exact extent of the destruction since less than one percent of all shrimping trips have observer coverage.

The very limited data on bycatch indicates this measure will kill tens of million of pounds of finfish over the next 14 years. And those are conservative estimates because the dated estimates of bycatch used in the analysis of this amendment come from a period of depressed stocks.

This is your opportunity to tell NOAA Fisheries that rather than perpetuating and increasing the destruction caused by dragging nets over sensitive ecosystems, managers should be increasing observer coverage and using every means to reduce negative impacts to the greatest extent possible.  Use this link to be taken to the Federal Register web site to speak against increasing bycatch in the shrimp industry: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NOAA-NMFS-2019-0045-0040


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  • AnchorbaitAnchorbait Junior Member Posts: 137 Deckhand
    Definitely informative, thanks for sharing this. I'll pass this on.
  • illinoisfishermanillinoisfisherman Senior Member Posts: 5,569 Admiral
    sad - our government at its worst
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Senior Member Ozello Fl.Posts: 13,077 AG
    sad that the op omits facts for a few clicks
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Senior Member Ozello Fl.Posts: 13,077 AG
    wonder how many seatrout are in the 10-30 fathom zone?

    lol
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • limitlesslimitless Senior Member Posts: 707 Officer
    Uh, I was referring to ARS (Thats American Red Snapper) slick.  I do have to say though, it's great to have at least one commercial pimp on the board.

    Also, I didn't omit anything; my post is a direct copy of the article form the Fishing Wire.

    The Snook & Gamefish Foundation is now the Angler Action Program: http://angleractionfoundation.com/  Dedicated to Conservation and Education.  Please check us out.

    Angler Action Program: IAngler app trip log on your phone

  • Cracker23Cracker23 MelrosePosts: 311 Deckhand
    Maybe the baby seatrout kills are coming from the bait shrimp industry.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Senior Member Ozello Fl.Posts: 13,077 AG
    Cracker23 said:
    Maybe the baby seatrout kills are coming from the bait shrimp industry.
    Maybe, but the proposal is for deepwater door net boats, limited just can't help but embellish a bit.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • stc1993stc1993 Senior Member Posts: 10,400 AG
    Door net trawlers are the bulldozers of the ocean according to this website.



  • limitlesslimitless Senior Member Posts: 707 Officer
    ANUMBER1 said:
    Cracker23 said:
    Maybe the baby seatrout kills are coming from the bait shrimp industry.
    Maybe, but the proposal is for deepwater door net boats, limited just can't help but embellish a bit.
    A#1, it's "Limitless" there sport.  If you cant get a screen name right, you still want us to think you have the facts right??
    Again, I just posted the article and it doesn't mention specific equipment, fathom lines or vessel types.  Keep plugging though you provide significant humor value.

    BTW, how's your plan to repeal the net ban coming along?

    The Snook & Gamefish Foundation is now the Angler Action Program: http://angleractionfoundation.com/  Dedicated to Conservation and Education.  Please check us out.

    Angler Action Program: IAngler app trip log on your phone

  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Senior Member Ozello Fl.Posts: 13,077 AG
    edited September 2019 #11
    limitless said:
    ANUMBER1 said:
    Cracker23 said:
    Maybe the baby seatrout kills are coming from the bait shrimp industry.
    Maybe, but the proposal is for deepwater door net boats, limited just can't help but embellish a bit.
    A#1, it's "Limitless" there sport.  If you cant get a screen name right, you still want us to think you have the facts right??
    Again, I just posted the article and it doesn't mention specific equipment, fathom lines or vessel types.  Keep plugging though you provide significant humor value.

    BTW, how's your plan to repeal the net ban coming along?
    I've never tried to repeal the net ban, I just moved on and prospered in other fisheries..

    I don't sensationalize anything either, (ok once in a while just to stir the pot but not on fishery issues) I just post facts and let you look like an idiot.

    The article (link) did mention fathom lines, do you even read the crap you copy and paste?

    Maybe you need to call Mommy down to the basement to review your posts before pushing the POST button.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
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