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1/23/2014 10:33:54Greg W. Millsmiraclei@sbcglobal.netRed snapper are a renewable PUBLIC resourse and should be regulated
as such. Huge amounts of money are invested in boats and equipment
by private individuals. Regulations should be fair for all concerned, not just a select few.
Thanks,
Greg Mills
Pearland, Texas 77584Private Recreational Angler
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1/27/2014 13:06:53Robert Grayson Shepardgrayson@grayshep.comAs an offshore charter captain, I support separating the for-hire fleet from the recreational division and I'm interested in the days-at-sea program.
We are at the mercy of weather conditions and having a such a limited season with specific date constraints increases risk by forcing us to take charters in marginal conditions. Many clients book trips specifically for red snapper and are willing to assume that risk and endure rough seas if that's the only chance they've got. Also, our tourist season in the St. George Island area primarily runs from June 1st to the middle of August. Customers that vacation in the latter half of the summer are completely denied the opportunity to harvest red snapper.
There are only 1177 permitted charter/headboats along the entire Gulf Coast from Brownsville TX to Key West. I personally know of a few around here that just maintain the permit, they're not actually running trips. I would estimate maybe 1/5 of these permits are not active.
From what I've read, larger females produce exponentially more eggs than smaller fish. Why not impose a temporary slot limit like that on red drum to allow more of those larger sows the opportunity to reproduce?

Capt. Grayson Shepard
RCG 536
Apalachicola, FL 32320Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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