Framework Action to Adjust Recreational For-Hire Red Snapper Management Measures
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1/14/2015 13:24:52Eric Schmidtcapter2@gmail.comCatch limits and size limits have been declining since 1997 while the stock of red snapper continues to explode. Those of us on the West Florida Coast have been continually hosed on these regulations. As someone who has been in the charter/commercial industry for 31 years, red snappers have exploded in our region. There is no scientific sampling being done in our area on the fish off our coast. As far as seasons, I would support Action 2, opening June 1 until 66% of the season is filled, however you calculated that and then another opening in October. These willy nilly openings of seasons on various species every year make it very difficult on charter operations trying to book charters for the upcoming season.Ft. Myers, FL, 33919Charter/Headboat Operator, Commercial Fisher
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1/14/2015 13:43:33modesto castor mocastor2@sbcglobal.net All CFH seasons need to be the same as all Private Recreational Anglers Seasons . Sector Seperation is not a solution . Tomball ,Tx 77375Private Recreational Angler
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1/14/2015 13:43:56modesto castor mocastor2@sbcglobal.net All CFH seasons need to be the same as all Private Recreational Anglers Seasons . Sector Seperation is not a solution . Tomball ,Tx 77375Private Recreational Angler
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1/14/2015 15:58:51Chad Reyercapt_chad@thetriple-trouble.comI support Action 2 / Alternative 2... The split season would be beneficial for my business and also the fall customers I have.. However as to Action 1, Alternative 2 and 3 are going to be a hard sell for any charter boat with it's customers.. My customers complain now because they can only keep 2 per person because they see how plentiful they are in the Gulf.. After catching dozens and throwing them back while trying to catch another species... We reported our catches last year for the nine day season and when the final tally came in we were well under our expected catch from NOAA's expectation. So this should mean over the past years when we supposedly over fished our Red Snapper quota's, truly we probably really didn't... We need a true stock assessment done by NOAA and have them partner with charter boat captains so we can show them the stocks we and our customers see... True Stock Assessment needs to be done now and quickly in my opinion..Orange Beach, AL 36561Charter/Headboat Operator
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1/14/2015 16:13:57Jim McKayjdale_us@yahoo.comIn order to remain fair and equal all recreational Red Snapper seasons should have the same start date. I also feel that without electronic data reporting, a split season would be impossible given the track record of NMFS estimating harvest numbers. As for daily bag limits I think smaller limits would do harm to the CFH business people pay to catch fish not just go boat riding. As a recreational fishermen I would be very upset if the charter boat captain opted to cut my limit in order to give that portion to another on another day. 77632Private Recreational Angler
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1/14/2015 18:08:44Darrell hingleGalvestontxfishingguide@gmail.comI opt for no action on this proposal until electronic monitoring is implemented and we have a firm grasp on actual number of active participants in the red snapper fishery. At that point I may be open to different options. Galveston,Texas, 77550Charter/Headboat Operator, Commercial Fisher
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1/17/2015 6:37:57Captain Henry Hauchcaptain_henry@acme-ventures-fishing.comIt's unthinkable for recreational anglers fishing their sector to be segregated and treated differently simply based on what mode of transportation they use. No management of the recreational sector should treat the recreational harvesters differently. The anglers are one and the same as is the quota despite the council seemingly catering to a small handful of business owners including two of their own, simply to benefit their economic standind. What's worse is this stands as projected to be at the expense of the majority of recreational anglers now facing a 1...2...or maybe zero day Red Snapper season unless they choose to pay a private business...perhaps owners by a council member....to transport them to the fishing grounds. ANY option that does not treat recreational anglers in a Fair and Equitable manner by giving the same opportunity to the angler is just wrong...If not illegal. We know that the very folks pushing the separation scheme and funded by EDF to do so are also running state water trips by circumventing the clear principles in the law. These Dude trips where some of the dudes are young children are actually commercial trips with recreational anglers being called commercial crew members. We also know that some of these same Captains also have non federally permitted boats to run state water charters. Despite so.e trying to claim state non conformity to blame the sepratist seem to be getting around this...at least the squeaky wheels are. Now they want to cut recreational anglers bag limits when fishing their boats simply to maximize their profits. This situation could see a recreational angler on a friend's or family members boat fishing beside a CFH boat in federal waters where where they may only have a day to fish but by paying a commercial CFH boat may get a month or two of access. NO option that segregates recreational harvesters should be chosen. It's not the CFH owner...captain...or boats fish after all but the one holding the rod...The recreational angler. This angler is the harvester fishing the stock regardless of what kind of boat they are on. Same aner...same seasons...size limits.. bag limits.Charter/Headboat Operator
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1/20/2015 9:11:44Rick Linnricklinn@mmaequipment.comFor what’s it worth I strongly oppose Amendment 40.

"For hire" boats are commercial and should be treated this way. Very seldom does recreational fishing gain anything from these comments and, in most cases, loses more than it started with.

Review the history of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the record will show these proposed amendments are just formalities and the outcomes are pretty much already decided.

And now this proposal of taking half of the individual recreational fishing quota and giving it to the charter ("for hire" i.e. commercial) boats! There something definitely something wrong here. How is taking an allotment of fish away from fishing friends and families a bigger threat to the fish population than giving that allotment to a group of people who put more pressure on that fish population because they have to catch fish to be paid?

This smells of cronyism. I ask that you find a different solution to this.
KatyPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/29/2015 5:49:23Darrell Hingledarrell_hingle@yahoo.comAs a permitted charter boat owner/operator since 1998 I have witnessed a lot of change in the red snapper fishery and would like to say thank you for finally approving and voting for amendment 40. I think it will help stabilize the cfh fishing and help our business to continue to grow. please work quickly to build a good fmp for us. I would like to see something like the charter fishermans plan implemented as long as the tags are non transferrable and must remain with the permit.

I also am in favor of and support having vms and e log books required to fish in the fishery.

I support a 2 fish bag limit unless you approve some sort of tag program that would allow us the flexibility to make those type decisions ourselves.

I would like to see you set our snapper season at about 65% of our tac, count our numbers and then if possible open back up in October.
Galveston, TX 77563Charter/Headboat Operator
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2/2/2015 6:02:48Louis Loupsteve_5@bellsouth.netI am 100% against Amendment 40 it is only a way to take away fishing days from Recreational Fisherman. You are putting out false data on purpose so you can make all these irresponsible restrictions. You know that the Louisiana's catch data is 100 % more accurate than the estimates you make up out of thin air with no actual checking to see if it is correct. You only do what ever the environmental defense fund orders you to do. Pawns is what you are.Glynn la 70736Private Recreational Angler
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4/20/2015 6:08:50charles tysoncaptray@stingrayfishingcharters.complease do not consider option 3, the proposal dates do not coincide with customer vacation times, the majority of our business begins in May and ends in Sept. Better yet, exercise control over state water seasons and even the playing field between private/ non regulated for hire vessels and the permitted for hire.Charter/Headboat Operator
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2/2/2016 18:21:25John Hexterj.hexter@verizon.netAmendment 40 was passed a year ago by the barest marfgin, solely because the sunset provision was included. Now you are talking about extending or eliminating the sunset provision. Guess we could not see that coming! Sector Separation is BAD. Why should I have to pay a charter boat,which has a longer season than I, as a recreational angler, to take me fishing for a fish that was originally allotted to me. IT'S BULLSHIT!!!!!New Port Richey FL 34654Private Recreational Angler
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