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3/22/2012 16:16:46matthew andrewsrestless146464@yahoo.commattthew andrews owner operator of the fv restless2 The council should consider that opening the king mackerel season in the fall would create a tremendous flood of fish on the market in a very short period of time . Due to the fact that the fish are more plentiful and somewhat closer to shore. Vessels that have not historicaly particapated in this fishery Will start particapating .This fishery is as it stands is already under a tremendous economical burden due to over particapation allowing this fishery to open in the fall will create disastours consequences for the market.In short this is a really bad idea.The only true and fair soulution to this situation is a catch share progam tx capt matthew andrews32578Commercial Fisher
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3/23/2012 8:57:53Nicholas Patzigpmsbigred1@yahoo.comAction 1. Yes the council should eliminate all the zones and establish a 500 lb trip limit in the gulf. if a boundary is necessary then it should stay where it is. gill nets should be eliminated. if all trip limits were the same then there would be less incentive for the east coast and keys boats to encroach in other waters. If those boats are allowed to travel then the fish that they catch sould be taken from their home quota and not taken from the other boats home quota to further reduce the incentive to travel and take livelihood away from other boats.

Action 2. no change in opening date.

Action 3. no change make them sell their catch in the open zone. any change would only foster black marketing.

Action 4 and 5. If zones must remain home zone must be declared at renewal and only 1 zone is allowed and what ever fish are caught by that vessel will be counted against that vessel home zone and not allowed to take quota away from other vessels and their home zone quotas.

Action 6. 1 Gulf Quota And 1 atlantic quota and all trip limits at 500 lbs.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548Commercial Fisher
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3/26/2012 10:07:21samuel m bakermikebaker15@yahoo.comI oppose all new management options in reguards to admendment twenty. In review of this ademndment the constaint them running through most of the options is effort reduction. Reduceing my rights and fishing options as to when and where I can produce King Mackerel as a vaild full time commercial fisherman. I due support a two for one permit plan and a poundage limit for latent permits. This method was used in the shark plan by HMS to qualify sharks permits and proved to be productive. hobe sound fl. 33455Commercial Fisher
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4/9/2012 5:35:17Mason Bowenfpfirelb@aol.comI have never seen a proposed amendment so Biased in nature as this amendment. It pander's to some small groups participating in the fishery, and negatively impacts the much larger groups that support the King Mackeral Industry.
When you are dealing with a species of fish as highly migratory as King Mackeral the participants themselves Must Have That Same Freedom. When there is no absolute certainty where these schools of fish will be located,(the fish move with water temperatures and food supply). It is then Absolutely Ridiculous to have to declare zones in Ignorance and would Negatively impact participants.

Mason Bowen
Sebastian,Fl 32958Commercial Fisher
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4/15/2012 19:51:41dennis gillispiedgledge@gmail.comDear amendment 20 i oppose all action with the exception of triplimit deviation. that could help lengthen are fishing season.definitely no home zones or any zones for that matter we shouldnt be caged in like a pet thats a complete joke! not a good idea to change opening dates this would be true disaster we dont need easier fishing this would only entice more participation in the gulf.Get rid of the stagnent permits already, and also the 2 or 3 for 1 kingfsih pemit plan needs to be engaged asap should have been done yesterday.No state by state quota system not needed..no action on ammendment 20 please ,thankyou.fot pierce fl 34946Commercial Fisher
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5/31/2012 13:03:50Mark Tryonmdtryon@bellsouth.netI fish out of Pensacola Pass in the Florida northern west coast subzone. Subsequent to the closure of the gulf west coast (AL to TX) zone NMFS has routinely failed to implement the step down from 1250 to 500 lbs in our zone. As such transient vessels have repeatedly wiped out our measly quota in short order each season. My reccomendation here is to reduce the trip limit in our subzone to be relativeto the small quota. Perhaps 500lbs would be logical. In the interim it is imperitive that NMFS does their job and implements the step down in a conservative manner. My suggestion would be to have the step down coincide with the closure of the Al-TX zone.
Finally I would be in favor of a single zone declaration to protect local interests.
gulf breeze,fl. 32563Commercial Fisher
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6/29/2012 5:29:50William R. Wamblefish4living@comcast.netAction 1. Leave the subzones in place. Leave the boundry lines in place. A 1500 lb. trip limit would help offset trip exspenses in the Southern subzone, however any major increase in the trip limit would shorten the season and lower ex-vessel prices. The kingfish market is poor at best when everyone is catching fish at the same time and larger trip limits would likly cause market gluts and possible shut downs from buyers refusing to take more fish. Fishermen at times stop fishing because prices go below 1.00 per pound. We already have situations like this occuring each year. A reduction at the end to 500 lbs. is unecessary and an unfair economic burden on fishermen who have proved their dependance on this fishery. If the subzones are eliminated, put the quota back where it came from. ACTION 2. Leave the opening date as it is. ACTION 3. Allow the transportation of legally caught fish through closed areas. This is another unecessary economic burden on fishermen to have to travel long distances to sell their catch in open zones. ACTION 4. and 5. Locking fishermen into zones is another unecessary economic burden on fishermen. The historical king fisherman, who has shown his dependence on this fishery, needs to be allowed to follow the fish if he so chooses. ACTION 6. How can any one state catch the entire Annual Catch Limit? With zones in place that have individual quotas? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO QUIT MICRO MANAGING THIS FISHERY? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO QUIT SECOND GUESSING OUR CURRENT REGULATIONS EVERY TIME SOMEONE WITH A NEWLEY PURCHASED PERMIT STARTS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE RULES? ITQ, ITQ, ITQ. ITQ, ITQ.................. Naples, FL. 34104Commercial Fisher
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8/31/2012 7:23:46Tom Marvelmarvelt@yahoo.comI strongly opposed the creation of new subzone off Central Florida. Why is funding of proposed zone only from the Southern hook and line zone? What relationship does the Southern Zone have to the proposed zone? One would think the parent zone would be responsible for funding of a zone created entirely within its' borders. You would be shifting quota from vessels that have shown a dependence on these fish to vessels(zone) that has not demonstrated dependence. What is the need of this proposed zone? Central Florida, according to your table, has only been closed in two of the last seven years. The average landings over seven years is 40.500 lbs. Does this actually warrant the creation of a new subzone? The vast majority of king mackerel vessels in the Southwest Zone (Collier and Monroe) do not travel out of their zone to fish kings. Most of our alternative fisheries ( grouper, stone crab and lobster) are under effort limitation programs: trap certificates for stone crab and lobster and ifqs for grouper/snapper. To a large degree our capitalization in these 'other' fisheries is a function of how much historical access we've had to king mackerel. If our king mackerel quota had been cut from 1999-2006 to create a new sub zone we would have spent more effort targeting, in my case, grouper. Hence my initial grouper allocation would have been larger. To alter our quota after we are more or less locked in to our alternative fisheries seems highly unfair.

Do not even think of increasing the Southwest subzone trip limits. We would see so much new effort our season would be closed by February.
NaplesCharter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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1/30/2013 11:25:37Van Christianeyewearboutique@yahoo.comI strongly object to a 27 day snapper season. I've been fishing snapper in the Gulf for over 50 years and have not seen the number and size snapper as good as it has been the past 2 - 3 years. I can take you to reefs in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana where in the early summer the snapper collect by the thousands - not hundreds but thousands. I'm ready to back up the claim when you are ready to see it
Limiting the season so severly also has a detramental effect to commerce on the Gulf coast in the form of marinas, boat builders, recreation, hotels etc.
This research must be coming from another area besides Louisiana. if so that is like setting the elk season in Colorado by the elk population in Louisiana. But by chance that the snapper population is in the state you say it is then we should seriously consider shutting down any commercial harvest.
Awaiting your response
Dr. Van Christian OD
Opelousas, LA 70570Private Recreational Angler
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4/20/2013 12:39:16William R. Wamblefish4living@comcast.netPlease do not change the trip limit from 1250 lbs to 3000 lbs. The lower trip limit is necessary to extend the season. The 3000 lb limit would only lure fishermen from other areas to SW Florida and the season would end quickly. An example would be Louisianna in 2012. The fishermen of the southern west coast sub-zone have become dependant on this fishery and any increase in the trip limit would be devastating to us. I have been king fishing commercialy since 1974 and have been a part of the rebuilding process. It would only reallocate the fish to others who have not shown their dependancy on this group of fish. Please don't make this change. Leave it status quo. Naples, FL 34101Commercial Fisher
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7/18/2013 19:46:04Rick W Matthewsrmp2182@aol.com It will shorten the season and in all likelihood lower the price. In Collier we hope for it to stay open till March so we can catch as the fish move north into our area and the price increases due to Lent. Some years even at 1250 we never see quota off Naples, at 3000 we never will.

Rick Matthews

F/V Penny Marie
Naples,Fl,34120Commercial Fisher
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8/17/2013 7:34:56Brian Bennettcaptshorthop@comcast.netMy name is Brian Bennett and I have been commercial kingfishing since 1985.The sale of kingfish is my primary source of income. I am strongly AGAINST raising the daily limit to 3000 lbs.There are many reasons to keep the limit at 1250 lbs. Every year in the Southern subzone the quota is caught.This year we were able to fish until March 17 and the year before that Feb 26. I feel that if limit is raised to 3000 lbs the season will close before Feb 1.Here in Key West we never get the best price until after the 607,614 lbs of net fish are caught, and this year the net boats did not start fishing until February.In table 2.1.3 of amendment 20 it is estimated that with a 3000 lb limit the season would close Feb 9, and at 1250 lb close March 7. I went through my records for 2013 and between 2/9 and 3/7 I caught 9418 lbs worth $22,461.This is not an insignificant figure, it is crucial to my survival.
Another issue that is not being factored in is the number of transient boats that would come here to fish if the limit was raised. This would make the season shorter yet and lower the price even more. For some reason the council prefers keeping the limit in the Northern zone at 1250 lbs, I think the same reasons for not changing the limit in the Northern zone apply to us.
At the Key West meeting 8/15 some people spoke in favor of raising the limit.I know some of those people and some were net fisherman and some yellowtail fisherman who don't even fish in the southern hook and line fishery.The excuse that people can't make money at 1250 lbs is ridiculous.Although the price of fuel is high, the price of kingfish also has risen tremendously. Since 2/14 I have caught 13,684 lbs worth $35,872 which averages $2.62 a pound. If someone cant make a profit with $3275 in fish money they are not very efficient. I have been hearing of prices consistently over $3 when the market is not flooded. If the limit is raised to 3000 lbs the market will stay flooded and we will be back to getting $1 a pound. I did not graduate from college but I would prefer to catch 1000 lbs at $3 than 3000 lbs at $1.
Please take the AP preferred option, Alternative 1 and keep the limit at 1250 lbs.
Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/17/2013 10:43:26Nicholas Patzigpmsbigred1@yahoo.comPlease see my comments on amendment 19Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/17/2013 22:20:04Zachary Taylor Bentley IIIconchubine@hotmail.comI strongly oppose Amendment 20 as is would hurt local fisherman. The increased trip limit would attract fishermen from other areas that normally would not commute or relocate to fish Key West. this would give local fishermen a smaller piece of the quota, and most importantly the price would be compromised due to the larger volume of fish being harvested and sold over a shorter period. Key West FL 33040Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/18/2013 13:41:14Ira laks Captainira@att.net My name is Ira Laks. I am the owner operator of a dual permitted vessel. As an active participant in the King Mackerel commercial fishery, I believe we need a two-for-one permit reduction in the king mackerel commercial fishery and an annual average of at least 1,000 lbs of king mackerel from 2002-2011 to renew .If only one option is chosen I believe it should be the two-for-one option. I have heard council members say in meetings that they do not want to remove inactive permits, some council members said that they want fisherman to be able to use inactive permits as tools in their toolbox. The problem with that rational is that the councils have removed limited access permits from fisherman in other fisheries in the past due to inactivity and low landings. Myself and other active King Mackerel fisherman have had these permits removed from our toolboxes without any compensation. If it is now the position of the councils that fisherman should be able to retain inactive and limited landing king mackerel permits and these permits through sale or effort may become active to the detriment of current active king mackerel fisherman, the councils should reinstate any limited access permits removed from fishermen while holding their current king mackerel permit. How can you effectively manage the king mackerel fishery biologically,socially and economically if you have such a large variability in potential effort.
Both the SAFMC and GMFMC have taken a leadership role in the ban of bag limit sales of federally managed species in the EEZ. The most important part of leadership is consistency and if bag limits of Cobia and tournament caught King and Spanish Mackerel are allowed to be sold it will be inconsistent with previous actions of the councils. I have listened to and read the minutes of council meetings as well as spoke to council staff in an attempt to understand why Cobia are excluded from the ban of bag limit sales. From the information I have read and heard, no practical or legal explanation have been sufficiently given for the sale of Cobia in the EEZ. As the holder of a Florida SPL with an RS endorsement, I could go on a recreational Headboat trip in the EEZ off the east coast of Florida and catch my bag limit of 2 Cobia and 2 King Mackerel. I would be able to sell my 2 Cobia to a whosale dealer but not my 2 King Mackerel, This would bring into play double counting issues in the Cobia fishery that I thought the councils were trying to avoid. Since a significant number of Cobia will be caught recreationally and sold commercially this should be addressed in the commercial allocation for Cobia.


As to the sale of tournament caught fish, I think the councils should have to craft the guidelines for any tournament sales policy with alternatives and the ability of the citizens of United States to be able to comment on a specific tournament policy.
In the draft amendment 19 book. North Carolina's tournament sales policy is used as an example.
This is from the NCDENR Division of Marine Fisheries:
Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish
The Recreational Fishing Tournament License to Sell Fish is a license available to fishing tournaments that sell fish and requires the designation of a tournament organizer. Proceeds from the sale of fish must be used for charitable, religious, educational, civic or conservation purposes - proceeds from the sale of fish cannot be used to pay for tournament expenses. This license is required for tournaments that sell fish plates or provide free fish plates to tournament participants.


King and Spanish mackerel in the EEZ are a public trust resource of all the citizens of the United States. If the states are given the authority to convert a federal public resource into cash to benefit a select few, it will raise many ethical and legal objections.

A few questions I have are:
How many tournaments will be allowed to sell fish?
Many fisherman pre fish the day before the tournament, will those fish be able to be sold?
How many fish per boat will be able to be donated? Will it be just the fish weighed in or the bag limit for all on board?
If its the bag limit for all onboard that can be donated, will that cause boats to catch more fish than they normally do in a desire to be charitable?
Will organizations such as the SKA be able to take a charitable tax deduction on the cash donated to a charity? If so that would be of great financial benefit to them.
Can wholesale dealers profit from the sale of these fish and who will decide which wholesale dealer is used? If the choice of wholesale dealers is left to the tournaments, it opens the door for quid pro quo relationships.
If the number of tournaments who sell fish expand how will this effect the price commercial fisherman receive for their fish?
How ironic would it be if money from the sale of tournament fish was donated to a conservation organization and they used that money to lobby to restrict commercial fishing.
Can the town of Boca Raton hold a tournament and use the money from the sale of a federal public resource to build a dog park?
Will religious groups be able to capitalize from this public resource to promote their beliefs?
Sincerely ,
Captain Ira Laks
Jupiter fl 33478Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/19/2013 7:40:52James MatthewsStonecrabberman81@yahoo.comMy name is James Matthews and I am for Amendment 20, 2.1 action1 and against the 3000 lbs limit increase!! And here are my reasons.

I have been a Commercial Fisherman for over twenty years. I fished with my father for sixteen of those twenty years. First was Gill Net Fishing (which I loved with a passion), then it wasn’t long after that many people had voted to take gill net fishing away from us. My father and I then went into Stone Crabbing in which we were happy with. And a few years later earned enough money to afford long line shark and grouper gear which did pretty well for us, until then again we were put on strong reductions on the amount of sharks. They then also banned Sand Bar sharks which were our bread and butter species (which by the way, there are plenty of)! Then there became IFQ for grouper which we had just gotten into, so therefore we did not qualify for very many grouper shares. So that also again basically put us out of business except for Stone Crabbing. Unless you have a lot of money to start into Stone Crabbing you can just basically eke a living between the good and bad years. So we were narrowed down to then again another industry, King Mackeral. The first year for me and my father was a little rough, learning the little tricks of the trade from friends and colleagues of the industry, but we got to where we could pay the bills at least. About 3 1/2 years ago I bought my first crab boat and king fish permit. My father and I went our separate ways and I was very happy to start my new life as a captain/ boat owner and operator also father of three beautiful children and husband to a beautiful woman! Stone Crabbing soon became too expensive to be into with the trap tags going up to 15$ a piece, then plastic traps becoming over 23$ a piece after labor, also crew never showing up and the octopus destroying our livestock of stone crabs, this made an impracticable industry to be into. So I sold all my stone crab traps and joined my community family of king fisherman and made King Fishing my sole income for my business. I also became the first mate on a grouper bandit boat in the summer off season so I can stay local for my 3 kids and wonderful wife! And this amendment, would well….Do you see a trend of my life as a fisherman? It would be a disaster! I and my fellow family king fisherman would not only suffer a dramatically shorter season, but we would also see a drive in the price toward the cellar! With myself having three kids, a wife, and a home, I and many other family fisherman who depend solely on King Mackeral would be forced to become travel fisherman and leave our wives and children behind like we were gone to war! I am satisfied with the current regulations and can make a comfortable living even if I have to go 75 + miles to get my 1250. My boat does not burn a lot of fuel. Thank you for your time!

James

James
Naples, FL 34103Commercial Fisher
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8/19/2013 11:12:09Brian Bennettcaptshorthop@comcast.net I am a commercial fisherman that catches King Mackerel in the Eastern zone, Southern Subzone. I believe the daily trip limit should remain at 1250 lbs. I live in Key West and I have tailored my business to fish for many species but Kingfish is the most important. Since I have put Kingfish as my number one target fish I have missed out on other opportunities. I lost my marine life license and received virtually no grouper quota. This is why keeping things status quo is so important to me.
The prices of Kingfish have risen lately, especially towards the end of Lent. I feel that if the trip limit is raised to 3000 lbs. the season would close before the prices rise and make fishing truly profitable. Other fishermen believe that catching 3000 lbs would make the trips more profitable, this is not the case if prices are low. The 3000 lb limit would also bring "trip" fish into the equation, thus flooding the market with poor quality fish. To me raising the limit would create a vicious cycle. If the limit was 3000 lbs more boats would come and fill the quota very quickly. Once closed, I would have to travel from my home and fish another areas quota and that would not be very profitable. Please leave the limit at 1250 lbs so I can stay at home with my family and fish the way that I have for the last 28 years.
Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/19/2013 14:01:40Tyson Veachtysonveach@gmail.comTyson Veach
4 6th Avenue
Key West, Florida 33040

August 19, 2013

Changing the kingfish quota would be a major blow to my income. My income is from hook and line fishing. I kingfish during the open season in the Key West area. I live in the Key West area. This is where others would come to meet their quota of kingfish, taking away from the local fisherman. The cost of expenses would be to great to go elsewhere. Allowing a higher daily quota would not only cut the time we can catch fish but the all the fish caught at the same time and not spread out would mean a cut in quality.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Tyson Veach
Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/19/2013 14:05:15Charles Morris VeachMamamarine@aol.comCharles Morris Veach
6800 Maloney Avenue #32
Key West, Florida 33040

August 19, 2013

I have been fishing and supporting my family with the income from the activity for over 50 years.
I have three sons and have taught them all how to fish. They all make their living from fishing also.
If the kingfish quota were to change it would bring more boats down to the Key West area to fish and our quota would be met faster .That will leave us with little or no income coming in during the time when we would ordinarily be kingfishing close to home. We could go to another area where it would be open but our expenses would increase and therefore bring our income down.
Leaving the quota where it is would be of more benefit to more fishermen.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Charles Veach
Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/19/2013 14:41:43Randy Sterlingreelconch@bellsouth.netI strongly OPPOSE Amendment 20, along with changing the daily trip limit from 1250 to 3000 in the Eastern Zone/Southern Subzone. I feel this will dramatically shorten our season and also lower the price we are paid for king mackerel. I feel it will bring more transient fisherman to Key West, which will make us reach our quota faster, thus reducing the number of months for local fisherman to derive income from commercial fishing king mackerel. I ask that you consider me and my family before making changes that would negatively impact my income. I urge you to keep the daily trip limit at 1250.

Randy Sterling
Key WestCommercial Fisher
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8/20/2013 11:06:25Charles VeachChipkw@hotmai.comCouncil Members



Please do NOT increase the trip limit to 3000lbs. If the limit was raised it would surely flood the market and substantially lower my profits. There is a far greater demand for kingfish closer to Easter and that is when prices are at their best. If the daily limit was to be raised I would miss out on up to 8 weeks of work during the most profitable time.

Thank you Captain Chip Veach
Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 6:23:12Jesse WercholakJessewercholak@gmail.com Most of the year I live and work in New Jersey, but I spend the winter working on a kingfish boat in the Lower Keys. I would like to work out of Stock Island again this winter,if it would be profitable for me. I was told of a possible increase in the daily trip limit which would shorten the season considerably. I urge you to keep the limit at 1250 pounds a day so the season is long enough to be profitable.East Brunswick, NJ. 08816Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 8:26:45John BuckheimJohnbuckheim@yahoo.comI am a commercial hook and line king fisherman out of key west fl who caught over 70,000. Lbs of kingfish last season and made over $150,000. In 3 months with a 1250 lb daily limit that's not bad in my book !
In my opinion changing the limit to 3000 lbs is Not a good idea it will shorten our season lower the price and be extremely dangerous for the smaller boats in our fishery my boat is only 23 ft long and is only capable of holding 1300 lbs of fish now you are trying to force me to dangerously overload my boat and work harder to make less money.
I think a 1500 or 2000 lb limit should b considered to keep everybody happy.
Key west fl 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 8:26:46John BuckheimJohnbuckheim@yahoo.comI am a commercial hook and line king fisherman out of key west fl who caught over 70,000. Lbs of kingfish last season and made over $150,000. In 3 months with a 1250 lb daily limit that's not bad in my book !
In my opinion changing the limit to 3000 lbs is Not a good idea it will shorten our season lower the price and be extremely dangerous for the smaller boats in our fishery my boat is only 23 ft long and is only capable of holding 1300 lbs of fish now you are trying to force me to dangerously overload my boat and work harder to make less money.
I think a 1500 or 2000 lb limit should b considered to keep everybody happy.
Key west fl 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 8:26:48John BuckheimJohnbuckheim@yahoo.comI am a commercial hook and line king fisherman out of key west fl who caught over 70,000. Lbs of kingfish last season and made over $150,000. In 3 months with a 1250 lb daily limit that's not bad in my book !
In my opinion changing the limit to 3000 lbs is Not a good idea it will shorten our season lower the price and be extremely dangerous for the smaller boats in our fishery my boat is only 23 ft long and is only capable of holding 1300 lbs of fish now you are trying to force me to dangerously overload my boat and work harder to make less money.
I think a 1500 or 2000 lb limit should b considered to keep everybody happy.
Key west fl 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 8:26:49John BuckheimJohnbuckheim@yahoo.comI am a commercial hook and line king fisherman out of key west fl who caught over 70,000. Lbs of kingfish last season and made over $150,000. In 3 months with a 1250 lb daily limit that's not bad in my book !
In my opinion changing the limit to 3000 lbs is Not a good idea it will shorten our season lower the price and be extremely dangerous for the smaller boats in our fishery my boat is only 23 ft long and is only capable of holding 1300 lbs of fish now you are trying to force me to dangerously overload my boat and work harder to make less money.
I think a 1500 or 2000 lb limit should b considered to keep everybody happy.
Key west fl 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 11:27:13Marcus Davilamdavila@historictours.comI hold a Commercial King Fish Hook & Line Permit, and fish out of my home port of Key West, FL. I also work & live in Key West full time.

I am strongly against the increase of the daily catch from 1250lb to 3000lb. The market has all ready been set for the last few years for catch flow and prices. By increasing the quota, you will throw off a chain of events as follows:

1 From the increase of fishermen traveling from other zones to fill their quota, it will be over whelming for the markets to handle so much product.

2. In turn, the price will fall earlier during the catch season.

3. The season will be cut short by meeting quotas earlier and will not reach the higher prices that normally increase at the end of the regular season.

4. After Easter, there will not be demand for the product. There will be left over frozen stocks for the next year.

“You have already set the table; by adding another setting for a quick fix you throw the whole thing off balance.”

Thank you for your time,


Marcus Davila
Auggy One F/V
Key West FL 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/21/2013 17:20:04John R Herronkeeperjohn62@yahoo.comi fish king fish in key west fl changing limit from 1250 to 3000 lbs would flood the market and close the season months early creating a hardship
many license holders and workers











margate nj 08402Commercial Fisher
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8/22/2013 7:27:12William Wickers IIICaptwickers@yahoo.com I am against the 3000lb trip limit because it would flood the market and keep the price down. The same thing happens when the net boats strike and we stop fishing until the fish have cleared through the market.There is good money to make if the limit is reasonable but no more than 1500lbs that way there is a steady supply of fish but not enough to flood the market and drive the price down. I depend on a steady price to make a living. If the price drops you are working twice as hard to make half of the money and if the fish don't bite you lose money.

Thank you for your time. I appreciate your consideration
William Wickers III
Key West Fl 33040Commercial Fisher
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8/22/2013 13:11:40Ryon LoganRyonlogan@gmail.com I hold a commercial King Mackerel permit and I am opposed to Amendment 20. I do not believe a large portion of boats can safely hold and properly ice 3000 lbs. Another reason Alternative 3 should not be chosen is the discrimination against dual permitted vessels. As a dual permitted vessel, I am restricted to having only 3 people on the boat, unlike other boats that can have ten or more people help with the work. I agree with other posted comments that the drastic increase in poundage would lower the overall price per pound and cause the season to be shorter. I think an alternative solution that would benefit all fishermen and the fishery as a whole, is not a 140% increase in the trip limit, which is being proposed, but a 20 or 40 % increase which would allow the price to stay stable and the quota to be monitored more accurately.Key West, Fl. 33040Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/22/2013 15:02:52Mel StrahoskyMELSUZ@MSN.COMI oppose the kingfish trip limit change from 1250 lbs to 3000 lbs.

What has change since the limit was set that would require the increase? Who would benefit from this change? The kingfish stock? The fishermen? The consumer?

Before a law is changed there should be good solid evidence that the change is necessary and that the change is better.

A natural resource should be managed to sustain and maximize the economic benefit as much as possible to as many as possible.

Sincerely
Capt Mel Strahosky
Fishing for a living since 1971
KEY WEST FL 33040Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher, Other
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8/22/2013 17:51:05Jonathan kentHydroslider@hotmail.comI would like to voice that changing the current trip limits would unfairly hurt the smaller boats in the southern fleet ( who can't safely hold over 1500 lbs)but also open the door for more out if town fisherman to come down, fish and drive the market price down. Please keep the fishery financially productive and localKey west fl 33040Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/23/2013 5:01:47William R. (Randy) Wamblefish4living@comcast.netI am against changing the trip limit to 3000# in the Eastern Southern Sub- Zone. I am for keeping it at 1250# with no 500# reduction when 75% of the quota is reached. This trip limit was put in place to lengthen the season and potentially raise ex-vessel prices. It did both and to raise the trip limit would be a step backwards. It would shorten the season most likely to a January closure and no one can argue that would result in lower prices. After 15 plus years with the current limits, the fishermen still in this fishery are the ones who have tailored their businesses to be profitable under the current regulations. An increase to 3000# would also create a derby style fishery to no real benefit to anyone, even the people that think they want the increase. I have a 43ft boat, I'm no stranger to long distance runs, I have crew and I show a profit from this business. I have fished in the Western zone before and would have to go there again if our season here closeses early because of a larger trip limit. I don't think the folks up there need anymore help filling that quota. There are no answers that are going to please everyone. Leave amendment 20 status quo. Forget tweaking a plan that everyone has made adjustments to. Leave it alone or go to an ITQ program.Naples, FL 34101Commercial Fisher
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8/26/2013 5:16:19Mike Lucascaptmlucas@yahoo.comI am against any increase in the trip limits. Mike Lucas KM permit #19naples,fl.Commercial Fisher
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8/27/2013 5:03:47Patrick PurslowPatrick Purslow@yahoo.comSubject: mackerel 20

Mackerel Committee members

I'm greatly opposed to any trip limit increase for the Southern Subzone (Collier and Monroe counties).

I have to ask, "what is one thinking" to consider such an increase from 1250 to 3000lbs, is there any data supporting such or has this derived from a squeaking wheel. At the current limit for the past 15 to 20 years the quota has been filled and the stock is obviously healthy. So are we to reverse our efforts towards a successful industry.

Are we to become a derby like fishery to see who can catch more fish in a shorter period of time for less money. Or to continue on a productive coarse.

We must have a committee to make rules and regulations in which are in the best interest of the fish and fisherman. Not that everyone agrees with the present system, but we have adapted and made it work. Why start changing trip limits, seasonal opening and closing dates, and transit boundaries now. Would the change be best for all or a few select individuals.

Patrick Purslow
Naples, FL 34113Commercial Fisher
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8/27/2013 6:45:24James M. Thomasjthunt@aol.comRaising the daily limit on king mackerel WITHOUT raising the overall catch limit a substantial amount is a serious mistake. It will flood the market, greatly affecting the value of the fish. It would shorten the total fishing time.. I believe the king mackerel are under fished. A small increase in daily trip limits and overall limits is recommended. They must go hand in hand.33040Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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8/29/2013 13:03:24James MatthewsStonecrabberman81@yahoo.comPlease leave things the way they are! It might be easy for people who dont depend soley on King Fishing to raise the quota to 3000 lbs! But think about all the fisherman who are like me. Who have family's and soley depend on King Fishing and a longer local season with a decent price of good quality fish. 3000 lbs would ruin the price, shorten the season, and may even get a more poor quality of fish! As a friend of mine would say, "Don't Fix What Ain't Broken" Thank you for your time

RJ Matthews
Naples, FL 34103Commercial Fisher
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9/1/2013 6:47:08Robert Quinnoceanexplorerbelmar@hotmail.com I am the owner / operator of a federally permitted kingfish vessel. I think an increase in the trip limit would actually cause my trips to be LESS profitable. The markets will not be able to handle the flood of fish coming in, causing the price to plummet. Of course huge limits would shorten the season to a matter of weeks. I thought the NMFS was through with "derby" fishing.Key West Fl. 33040Commercial Fisher
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10/25/2013 14:26:24Ed WalkerInfo@lighttacklecharters.com Im a commercial operator in of the GULF EASTERN ZONE-NORTHERN SUBZONE- Tampa Bay area. For ten years now our king mackerel fishery has closed just as the fish arrive, including this year. Permit holders from Cedar key to Naples have been effectively eliminated from participating in fishing king mackerel in our own waters by the July opening date of the season. Our season is in the fall. Our zones small quota (smallest in the Gulf) is almost always filled in the Northern part of the zone in the summer, before we get a shot. As your AP realized, opening the season in October would allow fishermen from the entire zone (upper, middle and lower), a portion of the quota, rather than just the small northern section as it stands now. After lengthly discussion, the AP agreed (im on it) . We dont want all the fish but we'd like the opportunity to sell some in our home waters fall migration.
As a permit holder who has neen excluded for the better part of a decade, Im asking for your help. Please vote in favor of your APs' prefered option on amendment 20B, Section 2.2, Alt 3, Option B: CHANGE THE FISHING SEASON FOR GULF GROUP KING MACKEREL TO OCTOBER 1 –SEPT 30M, EASTERN ZONE-NORTHERN SUBZONE ONLY.

The Advisory Panel has it right. Moving the opening date of the season to October 1 will allow the greatest participation in the fishery.

Thank you for your consideration
Holiday, fl 34691Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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10/25/2013 14:49:59Edward Walker info@lighttacklecharters.com
I am a commercial/charter operator in the king mackerel GULF EASTERN ZONE-NORTHERN SUBZONE - Tampa Bay area. Im on the mackerel AP. For ten years now the king mackerel fishery here has closed just as the fish arrive, including this year. Permit holders from Cedar key to Naples have been effectively eliminated from king mackerel fishing in our own waters by the July opening date of the season. West Central Florida’s season for king mackerel is the fall when they transition from north to south. Our zones quota (smallest in the Gulf) is almost always filled in the Northern part of the zone in the summer, and closes before the fish get here. As your AP realized, opening the season in October would allow fishermen from the entire zone: upper, middle and lower, a portion of the quota, rather than skewing it in favor of northern/summer part of the zone as it stands now. After lengthy discussion, the Mackerel AP agreed and made it their preferred alternative. We dont want all the fish but we'd like the opportunity to sell some from our home waters during the fall migration.
Changing the start date would open it up when there are fish across the entire zone, not one part of it. As a permit holder who has been excluded for the better part of a decade, Im asking for your help. Please vote in favor of the preferred option on amendment 20B, Section 2.2, Alt 3, Option B: CHANGE THE FISHING SEASON FOR GULF GROUP KING MACKEREL TO OCTOBER 1 –SEPT 30, EASTERN ZONE-NORTHERN SUBZONE ONLY.

The Advisory Panel has it right. Moving the opening date of the season to October 1 will allow the greatest participation in the fishery, spread economic benefits across a wider area, and support more coastal communities.

Thank you for your consideration

Ed Walker
Holiday, Fl 34691Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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