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Pew Charitable Trust/Audobon and Forage Fish

canoeflacanoefla Posts: 2 Greenhorn
My business as well as an association we are a member of have been asked to support the efforts of the Pew Charitable Trust and Audubon regarding forage fish. Can someone in the fishing industry and/or stakeholders give me some thoughts on this? http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/data-visualizations/2014/protecting-floridas-forage-fish
We would like the opinion of the folks who are out there fishing if this sort of possible regulation/conservation is needed. Thanks in advance.

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  • fatmulletfatmullet Posts: 27 Greenhorn
    I've heard nothing but horror stories about pew, wal-mart and sunoco. Word on the streets is that they all want us shut down. Harvest of marine and wildlife products that is. In return, we are forced to buy thier imported trash. Fat *** in upper office makes more profits on import tax, allegedly. This is my personal opinion and hear-say. Can anyone back me up on this one? Who has the facts on weather or not these three listed above were investors in our great snapper regs we see today.
    I dont know what "audubon" is. So I looked it up. Bird conservationalists, great, jus what we need to manage our fish. websters pronunciation: o-de-ban. haa...sounds fishy.
    Heres a link:
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_audubon_society
    Within the means of reality, conservation and quota is always needed to assure sensable sustainability. The right conservation, not jus another *** looking to help the fat get fatter up there in D.C.
    If you want to save the bass...stop fertilizing your grass!!!
  • BubbaIIBubbaII Posts: 328 Deckhand
    canoefl wrote:
    My business as well as an association we are a member of have been asked to support the efforts of the Pew Charitable Trust and Audubon regarding forage fish. Can someone in the fishing industry and/or stakeholders give me some thoughts on this? http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimed...as-forage-fish
    We would like the opinion of the folks who are out there fishing if this sort of possible regulation/conservation is needed. Thanks in advance.

    Forage fish seemed to be a hot button in one of the new Magnuson Stevens Act reauthorizations, but last I heard, it had been (or will be) removed.

    There are lots of issues here; menhaden in the gulf of mexico (as food for red snapper..... LOL), river herring in the mid atlantic caught while catching Atl. mackerel, etc. The trick is to prove these forage species are being damaged, which they can't.

    My suggestion........ walk away quickly.
  • Mackeral SnatcherMackeral Snatcher Posts: 12,982 AG
    Now they are gonna push for limits and seasons on bait
    THERE SHOULD BE NO COMMERCIAL FISHING ALLOWED FOR ANY SPECIES THAT IS CONSIDERED OVERFISHED.
  • canoeflacanoefla Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Our thoughts exactly.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,892 Captain
    Now they are gonna push for limits and seasons on bait

    The SAMFC already has ridiculous laws regarding bait. The tomtate grunt (ruby lips) is probably one of the most abundant fishes on any reef, but you better not cut one up for bait. It must be caught with circle hooks, removed with a dehooking device and landed in a whole condition.

    http://safmc.net/FishIDandRegs/FishGallery/Tomtate/

    What a joke our fisheries managers have become.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,892 AG
    Now they are gonna push for limits and seasons on bait
    Yep and hell is getting colder as I agree with ya'll a little more.
    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.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 393 Deckhand
    come on over to the dark side absolute zero....you just might find some friends here.
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,892 AG
    Typiclese wrote: »
    come on over to the dark side absolute zero....you just might find some friends here.
    I've got plenty of friends there now.
    been on a darker side than you will ever know.
    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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