Recreational Greater Amberjack Closed Season and Fishing Year
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8/28/2017 18:26:20Christopher WilkeCrwilke@att.netSeabrook, TX, 77586
Private Recreational Angler
One amberjack per boat with a minimum size of 38 inches.
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8/28/2017 18:26:24Mark Primo Millermark@msdivers.comGautier, MS, 39553
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
Instead of closing the season, please implement 1 fish per boat open year round. These are large fish and everyone deserves a trophy.
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9/4/2017 7:53:30Roy Brockelman
roy.brockelman@thexyz.org
Cove, TX 77523
Private Recreational Angler
Please implement 1 fish per boat limit for recreational anglers. I know that the GMC has a better feel for the biomass tally than we do, but where I fish out of Freeport TX this species seems abundant. We have released many up to 80# this year with apparent 0% mortality, and routinely have to reposition over structure to avoid the AJ hot zones or that is all we catch.
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9/5/2017 15:20:02Ed Greene
smaygreene@yahoo.com
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Private Recreational Angler
I have been fishing in the gulf out of destin for 12 years. The federal regulations continue to oppress the recreational fishermen by reducing our ability to keep a fish for dinner in spite of the tremendous increase of the amount and size of all fish. It is obvious that the regulations are not about the fish quantity. The fishery should be controlled by the state's. The federal government is out of control. The feds are controlled by special interests. Examples are commercial boats should be required to keep fish at least 30 miles offshore. Many many things council could use to create balance. Council is lost in beauracracy. Average taxpayer Joe is at bottom of list the American way. Should be able to keep one fish per person per day 365. Dinner are you kidding me.
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9/12/2017 9:43:14Travis Woodard
travis.woodard@csrsinc.com
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Private Recreational Angler
I am an avid recreational angler and diver. Off the coast of Louisiana, we see amberjack at almost every rig in 150' of water or greater. The science used to estimate the recreational take is laughable in its assumptions. Most recreational anglers are unable to fish most of the days that the season was open due to weather. If we are going to continue with the completely aggressive approach to catch estimates, please move the season dates to later in the year when more anglers have access to the resource.
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9/12/2017 17:05:43Martha Spencer
wxstormlady@gmail.com
Metairie, LA 70005
Private Recreational Angler
I am a spearfisher and R&R angler and we see AJ's all the time. They were closed far too early and never appeared to be sparse. Please keep the season open next year!
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9/19/2017 8:23:33Mark Holland
marknkelly10@yahoo.com
Bay City,Texas 77414
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Split the gulf into regions. If Florida overfished Amberjack, then close their season. Why should our area of the Texas Gulf Coast have a closed or shortened season because of that. Capt Mark- Matagorda Sportfishing Offshore Charters
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9/19/2017 8:57:42Danny Hebert
dhebert@hebertengineering.com
Luling, LA 70070
Private Recreational Angler
We are not greedy but we need to fish for therapy and to have a break from the rat race. We would be happy with 1 AJ per vessel with a year round weekend season open Friday, and Saturday; closed Sunday thru Thursday. 1-30# AJ will feed 4 families for 1-2 meals. We only eat fresh fish and never freeze our catch. This would also be a year-round economic boost to our economy. Thanks for the consideration. Danny Hebert cell 504-494-6758
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9/19/2017 8:58:48Mark Odom
themarkodom@gmail.com
chipley, florida 32428
Private Recreational Angler
If any fish is truly in danger then it should be off limits to everyone. Commercial and Recreational. This is a natural resource and the American Citizens have ownership of these fish.
None of us want to see any fish overfished. So if they are overfished they should be 100% off limits. Rebuilding would occur organically in a very short time and everyone could resume fishing much quicker and with decent seasons.
Recreational anglers ownership should come before commercial industry but, to make it fair just shut it down for all of us
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9/19/2017 13:53:18
Norman Michael Walker Jr.
padrefishing@yahoo.com
Laguna Vista, TX 78578
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I just have a real problem with the numbers. I had boat problems last season so I only caught 9 Amberjack for this year and the other charter boats around me fished for them less than 10 times. Some guys had transferred their reef permit to another boat so they could fish for red snapper in state waters. As it is every year for charter boats, they don't get offshore more than 2 times a week average. I say that because some weeks with great weather they may fish 4 times and another week not at all.

I agree with seasonal closures but January-February is hardly a dent in the overall catch for the recreational sector. It is however a lean time of year for charter boats and the option to catch amberjack during those two months is what keeps many of us afloat. Please do not close it January-February.

A second season beginning September 1 would be great imo as well. It is also a slower time of year for charters and not as many recreational boats get out overall after Labor Day weekend.
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9/20/2017 13:57:08Tom Adams
4tomadams@gmail.com
Mexico Beach, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
I believe a split season april.may and Sept,oct,nov would be the best bet ! fish per 2 people, It would make the season longer for both recreational fishermen and charter for hire. The CFH are being pushed out of business by short seasons on all species which is bad for the economy of all the gulf states . If you get one fish per 2 people that should surely extend the season to 5 months.
Capt Tom Adams
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9/20/2017 23:25:11Andy Mckeown Andymc@techwire.usPensacola, FL 32505
Private Recreational Angler
1. I dive and see greater amberjack everywhere. I do not agree with the assessment. 2. I think with the high gas prices that recreational anglers should have at least a couple of weeks if not a month during the summer where they can keep any reef fish they catch, amberjack ,trigger snapper, and grouper. How do they know what fish they are going to pull up? Why fish out the snapper on a reef and leave it out of balance with the trigger and AJ. I was born and raised in Pensacola and I've been fishing these water since I was 11 years old, for 36 years, and this is my opinion of it.
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9/21/2017 14:52:04Adrian Ochoa
adrian1ochoa@hotmail.com
77019
Private Recreational Angler
I strongly and fully support a 1-2 yr moratorium on AJ fishing. I would also strongly and fully support a 1-2 yr total fishing moratorium in the Gulf.

Those of us who know better understand that the highly ignorant, uneducated, misinformed opinions would be screamed from the highest mountain as anything and everything but the right thing to do for the sake of all fish species and fishing itself. It would take a constant barrage of information in easy to read and understand articles, charts, and videos to counter the protest and, hopefully, reduce it by educating the most feeble.

When dealing with these type of negative opinions and logical fallacies, it is imperative to counter them directly- "This is about money" (No, this is about saving the fishing population) "You're trying to destroy the fishing charter" (No, we're trying to save fish so you CAN have a fishing charter for more years down the road) "You don't care about the recreational fisherman and are only protecting the commercial" (No, we're trying to protect and save everyone.)

I know I would miss it, but 1-2yr is not the end of the world. But a closed season, for me to support it 100%, would require heavy if not total cutbacks on the commercial side. Doing this would not only be a convincing move on the council's part, but also give it a huge injection of credibility in a depressing age of low information distrust, anti-science, and anti-intellectualism.

I understand some make a living on fishing, but if we don't do something about the low numbers for some species now, especially the popular ones, when will we ever?

It's time to swap out the trout, redfish, snapper, flounder, and tuna for other species that are in high numbers. Even a 1 yr moratorium across the board would make a huge impact. I think asking for 1 yr is acceptable and doable.

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9/21/2017 19:32:34Thomas W Phelps Jr
tommyphelps@cableone.net
Gautier, MS 39553
Private Recreational Angler
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council , wouldn't it be better for everyone if the numbers of actual fish in the gulf were more accurate? Determining how many fish of a certain type are actually out there could more accurately be obtained through videos, pictures , and rov . There are divers, spearfishermen , biologists , etc that would volunteer to get this data. BUT , this has been brought up before and " It's more scientific to do it their way" . Everyone knows the habitats the fish hang at, divers can video ANY spots you want data from, even if you dropped them on nothing but rigs and public numbers to video, your people could sit in their office pull a few frames at different times on any number of wrecks, reefs, and rigs and actually SEE to get a good idea of what is out there.
If you don't accurately know what's out there, then even the season and allocations are no good
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9/22/2017 1:59:04Omar Vasquez Jacquet
allpropaintingandmore@yahoo.com
Ocean Springs Ms 39564
Other
I'm a dive master I've been diving and Spearfishing making lots of dive videos you can see the amount of fish we have here in the gulf why does comercial fishermen have more rights than us your data is unacceptable you guys need to find a better way to have this data divers can be your best source thank you
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9/22/2017 7:32:33Brian ForeBrian.fore@yahoo.comMoss Point, MS 39562
Private Recreational Angler
I still cannot grasp where your numbers are coming from. I would love to know how you estimate the fish population in our area. Amberjack are plentiful at every rig I fished this year. Heck I would love to know why in past did amberjack season close the day snapper season opens.
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9/22/2017 7:52:59Andrew Ross
Sharkman58@gmail.com
Pensacola, FL. 32507
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
The season was cut short for 2017 and it was deemed the we hit out quota limit. That does not seem posssible since the weather was pretty bad for the first 3 months of the year and fisherman couldn't have fished enough to pull that many fish out of the water. The evaluation process in inadequate for recreational and charter harvest. It seems that the commercial fisherman do what ever they want as they are never cut off early.
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9/22/2017 8:49:18Jim McKayJdale_us@yahoo.com77632
Private Recreational Angler
I support Action 1, alternative2 and Action 2, alternative 2. Usually in Texas the season is closed because of met quota before we have weather good enough to go fish for them.
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9/22/2017 21:37:26Charles r Anderson'
Bayoumoondog@me.com
Gautier,MS 39553
Private Recreational Angler
The fish are out there, limits are two slim, it's not worth the money to fish off shore anymore unless you are an outlaw and noaa has turned everyone into outlaws, called filllet and release. Amberjacks aren't worth keeping for recreational fishermen except maybe for one to put on the grill fresh, not worth a crap for freezing and we can't keep not even one. The commercial guys can sale them to the restaurants because you could sale a hard head cat fish to a restaurant. What the hell is going on with you communist bastards.
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