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Go sell them Swordfish!

OK Folks, NMFS did it, we have a new General Category Swordfish permit. So now all those South Florida Swordfisherman can now buy a commercial permit for just $22.00 and sell your fish............

Oh wait a minute, this just in,,,, in the South Florida zone, your commercial trip limit is ZERO swordfish, Yes, for just $22.00 you can now be a commercial swordfisherman and sell Zero per day!!!!

Actually the management zones are simply Cocoa Beach North, limit 3 fish, Key west thru the Gulf, 2 swordfish per day, and Key West to Cocoa Beach, Zero fish per day.

Now that should significantly increase the commercial catch with selective gear, rod and reel.

Looks like the only ones they listened to were the commercial General Cat bluefin tuna boys in the NE who actually have been encountering increased numbers of swords.

So South Florida keeps putting up with buoy gear spread all over the Ocean, but lets not hurt the stock with Rod and Reel!

Rules to go into affect Jan 1 2014

Replies

  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,399 AG
    Woot!
    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.
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 12,209 AG
    :nonoPlay nice Art.
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • Long GoneLong Gone Posts: 82 Deckhand
    So for $22 I can lower my bag limit from 3 to zero, and not fish recreationally at all. Such a deal.
    So what exactly is the purpose of this new license?
  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    22 bucks plus changing your registration to commercial, buying commercial life jackets, paying off your boat so you 'can' be commercial (if you have a loan) and then NOT being able to fish.. what a dumb rule.. it puts more pressure on the fisheries to watch the new boats and hurts the commercial guys already trying to make a living.. at what cost???..
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Captain
    I guess our days of Swordfishing on a Charter are over. What's swordfish selling for now days?

    Rob
    www.gottagofishinginkeywest.com


    Hero's Don't Wear Capes....They Wear Dog Tags.
  • broadbill-probroadbill-pro Posts: 68 Deckhand
    It still defies logic that any "recreational" fishing proponent would support a new commercial fishing sector. When NMFS took the show on the road to Fort Lauderdale to listen to public comment, only one of about 70 people attending stood up and endorsed the swordfish GC permit.

    With overwhelming disapproval from Florida fisherman as well as FWC, the decision not to increase effort off the Florida East Coast was the correct action for NMFS to take.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 10,523 AG
    It still defies logic that any "recreational" fishing proponent would support a new commercial fishing sector. When NMFS took the show on the road to Fort Lauderdale to listen to public comment, only one of about 70 people attending stood up and endorsed the swordfish GC permit.

    With overwhelming disapproval from Florida fisherman as well as FWC, the decision not to increase effort off the Florida East Coast was the correct action for NMFS to take.

    I agree. We don't need it in SE. Florida. Other areas are different. The NMFC got it right this time IMO.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

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