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12/24/2013 13:58:33john c fetzercaptdj123@aol.comI support the sectar separation billcantonment fl 32533Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/25/2013 6:33:38Fred Powellfredpowell@cfl.rr.comYou should all be ashamed of yourselves, allowing big money lobbyist to essentially purchase all these fish for the commercial sector. From headboats that are allowed to catch gags and ARS all throughout the year, to allowing commercial fishers to take up to 1,000 lbs per day---all the while a recreational fisherman can sometimes keep one or two fish, but the majority of the year cannot even keep one fish for the dinner table after a day of fishing. The fish are a public resource; they should not be sequestered for a single group or two. Rules that the public deem to be unfair will not be followed.34428Private Recreational Angler
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12/26/2013 4:38:52charles c. schoefflerpisnapper@cox.netThe fish of the GOM should NOT be for sale-no commercial snapper, grouper, tuna, etc.fishing-period!!! Use the model of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to regulate the fisheries just as they regulate migratory game birds.2104 virginia dr., maurice, la. 70555Private Recreational Angler
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12/26/2013 7:32:49Jack W. Brown IIIjbrown@jwblawoffices.comToo much effort is being placed on the concerns of the commercial sector and not enough attention on the impact of the recreational anglers and the tourism industry.

I know the commercial guys have lobbyists that influence the process, however, ensure that you carry out your duty to the american public and allow a man to provide for his family before anyone can sell our shared resources for a profit.

Anglers on the West Coast of Florida have to invest large sums of money in order to attempt to get Red Snapper. A two person limit for 30 days has a negative impact on boat builders and others.

The focus should be first on providing stability to the recreational (i.e. providing fish for your family to eat) should be the priority of the counsel. If this is stabilized, then you will see stabilization in the commercial market.
Sarasota, FL 34231Private Recreational Angler
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12/26/2013 8:45:18Thomas P. Steber, Jr.tomzekes@gulftel.comBecause the fact the Recreational ( fishermen that take their your own boat or go with some one that takes their a boat) and Fore Hire (Charter Boat that takes fisherman that do not have a boat or have access to someone else's boat) have been treated as separate fishermen for years.

So separate, the Charter industry can & will be accountable and at some given time the true recreational will be accountable.
orange Beach, A. 36561Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/30/2013 6:25:36Charles weaverHweaver@sswce.comI'm against any separation in the rules for snapper fishing that allows additional time for one sector. I am in favor of a more flexible harvest time period for all anglers. Even if it means a reduced limit. It costs a fortune to fish these days and it would be nice to be able to bring back incidental fish caught while targeting other species. I would also like to see a slot limit to keep people from discarding legal fish when larger fish are caught
Auburn Alabama 36830Private Recreational Angler
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12/30/2013 20:33:57gary jarvisgjabd@aol.comIt is time to manage the recreational fisheries in a 21st century manner.CFH and the private recreational sectors have been identified as seperate user groups by the RMSA, MRIPP, NRC, and in applicable management regulations that do not applie to each group evenly or fairly.The needs and motivations for thier participations of harvest of species in recreational fisheries further mandate seperate regulations and management to more effectively manage the resource but to effectively provide increased access in rebuilding fisheries for each of these unique user groups.. Status quo management has not nor can not accomplish this in 2014 and beyond. The non boat owning public recreational saltwater fisheran has seen his historical access levels diminish by 50% in the past 7 yrs and this is all due to unfair rtegulations applied only to the charter for hire industry and the 32 yr old status quo management system . This must stop, It is not fair and it needs to address the fact that all american citizens and foriegn visitors who do not have boats need to have at least equal access to our national resources as the privaleged few that can afford expensive blue water capable fishing boats that can access federal water fishing grounds. .destin, fl 32540Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/31/2013 5:35:38Gary Bryantredeye@gulftel.comPlease move forward with action to manage the charter for hire boats as a seperate sector. This would make new flexible manage plans possible. Any flexability gained will result in greater opportunities for the general public to access our marine resources. Gulf Shores, Al. 36542Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/31/2013 6:10:58Tom Farleytjfarley@cableone.netPlease allow charterboat sector separation from the recreational fishery so we may get our year 'round fishery back.Ingleside, TX 78362Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/31/2013 9:54:21Capt. Scott Hickmanlistodos@gmail.comFull support in moving forward for Sector Separation for the Federally permitted CFH fleet that want to, The recreational system has negatively impacted this industry and the American public that uses this platform to access the reef fish complex in the GOM. Please move forward with passing Amendment 40. Thanks and Calm Seas..Capt. Scott Hickman Circle H Charters Galveston TexasLeague City Texas 77573Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/31/2013 11:38:33Jim Clementscaptjmclements@aol.comI support Amendment 40. The charter for hire captains need all the help they can get. Also, by separating them from recreational fishermen and using a strict reporting system similar to the commercial sector will give better data to support management plans that keep them within their quotas. The responsible captains I have talked to want this.Carrabelle, Fl.Commercial Fisher
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12/31/2013 11:48:22gary jarvisgjabd@aol.comThe plan for new management of the recreational sector was proposed and submitted for consideration to the Gulf council over 5 years ago and has been scrutinized, debated, and evaluated since Oct of 2008. It is a clear and present necessity to go forward in the process of developing a new FMP due to the failures of the present status quo system of fishery management to increase our access to rebuilding fisheries. Status Quo management of the recreational sector has not, nor cannot, increase fishing access to rebuilding fisheries. It has failed the recreational sector access issue even though we have some of the healthiest fishing stocks in modern history. I supports separate fishery management plans for the main user groups in recreational fishing. The needs of the federally permitted Charter For Hire sector are far different than the Private Boat Sector. There is a need for a management system to address unique issues of professional fishing businesses. It’s important to the Charter for Hire sector to stop unfair rulemaking of the past that was implemented to control effort and harvest rates. There must be a level of fair and equal access in any plan developed this time, to preserve the long term historical access for the non-boat owning public. The non-boat owning public saltwater angler’s only access to federal waters fisheries is aboard federally permitted Charter for Hire vessels.



The private boat sector unique needs also are far different in scope, motivation and opportunity than the non-boat owning public and this sector of recreational fisheries need a modern FMP that can meet their access needs. The entire recreational sectors need for increased access is only exceeded for the need of a robust data collection and accountably measures that can stop over fishing annual allocations in each sector. Without a new FMP for each sector there will be no improvement in data collection on the horizon. It is way past for the development of a new management system that provides fair and equal access for all user groups, fair and equal rule making that does not burden only certain segments of each sector and do so in a manner that is timely and keeps the unique interest of all recreational saltwater anglers and the health of the Gulf of Mexico resources at the forefront of the debate.


destin fl 32540Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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12/31/2013 18:41:00William R. Cochrane Sr.billy.cochrane@galvnews.com There are hundreds of thousands of fishermen that don’t own a boat, and many, many rely on charter (six person) and Headboats, like New Buccaneer & Capt. John, as well as smaller boats like Island Girl, all at Pier 19 in Galveston, to take them fishing. Add the thousands of other charter and head boats operating in the Gulf of Mexico and the economic benefits of all of these businesses are enormous. But like any business, they need solid business plans that include realistic days allowed to fish.
The commercial sector has a 100% accountability system in place, that allows them to catch their allocation all year.
By separating the recreational side into two sectors it will easily allow for a 100% accountability system in the for-hire side.
This will leave the sports fishermen with an easier sector to have some sort of reporting/accountability system quickly developed.
The end result will obviously be one commercial sector, one for-hire recreational sector and one sports fishing recreational sector.
The good news is, ALL will have accountability.
When all three sectors are accountable, the NMFS will have a better data base and hopefully this data will allow for more days of fishing for both recreational sectors.
Galveston, TX 77554Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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1/1/2014 9:46:15Eric MahoneyEric@flcharterfish.comThere should be 3 sectors in fishery managment. It's a long time coming. If you read the MSA, when talking about sectors it ALWAYS list 3. Commerical, recreational and for hire. Let's have all sectors fiqure out managment plans that fit there needs as a sector. Amendment 40 needs to be fast tracked and moved through now.34683Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/1/2014 20:23:12Jack Hexterj.hexter@verizon.netWhy are we having to go thru this AGAIN. Catch shares does not control the number of fish caught, it controls the fishermen, and it does not work. Look at teh numerous comments that were made when this issue was on the table last year. NO ONE is in favor of it. If you want to really control this situation, SELL the shares to the commercial fleet and do not allow them to transfer them, If they own them, they must use them personally. No intersector trading either.New Port Richey, FL 34654Private Recreational Angler
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1/2/2014 13:18:05Donald K. Carmancaptaincarman@yahoo.comAs a charter captain I would support sector separation to allow more flexibility and sustainability to our Texas Gulf of Mexico fishery businesses. I had an approximately 40% decline in charters last year due to uncertainty of weather, weather conditions themselves and a short red snapper season. I promote other species as the reason to go fishing but many customers are hesitant to pay a full day charter price when they can't keep red snapper.

This affects hotels, bait shops, fishing license and related industry revenues.

Thank you.
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/3/2014 12:54:56Andy Registergt.ee.doc@gmail.comI grew up in Fort Walton Beach, own a small bay boat I trailer down from Atlanta, and charter a boat 2 or 3 times a year. Even though the only way I fish for reef fish is charter, I am not in favor of sector separation. Sector separation will result in essentially three classifications: commercial, quasi-commercial, and recreational. I also believe that over time sector separation would result in growth of the charter fleet allocation to the demise of the true recreational anglers. The only long-term-viable solution to the over-fishing problem is to decrease the allocation awarded to the commercial fishing fleet and increase the allocation for the recreational fleet. Any way you look at it, dollars per pound, economic impact per pound, and so on, leads you to conclude that we accrue more value from the recreational allocation compared to commercial. The question of sector separation does not address this fundamental issue.Atlanta, GA 30075Private Recreational Angler
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1/4/2014 14:54:11BILLY ARCHERbigtrig42@aol.comScope of action 1
yes the fare carring Charter for-hire sector gives access to the non-boating owning recreational angler in the recreational fisheries. The needs of this sector are far different from the private boat angler.

Action 2
Allocation should be based on the historcial landings by each set of the user groups.
1986-2011 gives a broad enough time frame to consider historical access.

Action3
Yes, If you hold a valid federal reef permit you should be counted in the reef fish fishery.
A program designed comparable to tne Gulf Headboat Pilot for the charter for hire vessels owners as a means to have access to voluntary sector separation would be a welcome change from the current derby style season. It would provide valuable data to the Council allowing input from participants and giving Council members time to evaluate SS on it's merits without forced participation from other stakholders.
A one time opt in or out should be enough for any person unsure of the programs merit.
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currently unless the Council grants and NOAA agrees to a exempted fishing permit 407d requires that season closes when the quota is caught? Obviously a EFP would be a useful tool in a voluntary sector seperation pilot and would not harm the stake holders that do not wish to particiipte. I believe a EFP was used recently in the October 2012 Destin Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo which allowied tags to be used after the recreational red snapper season had closed. A recreational red snapper tagging program should be a option when considering the needs of the two distinctively different but highly competive user groups sharing the same resource and allocation..

Reef Fish Amendment 40 in my opinion is the only viable option the Council currently has for a exit from the outdated and ineffective status quo management system. We have a historcially high TAC of 11 million pounds with a basic 51/49 split and only a 40 day recreational snapper season, that will surely experince over runs just like in the past? It has become crystal clear that the current FMP does not work for either component of the recreational fishing sectors. I would hope that every voting member sitting at the Council table realizes that taking no action or voting no to moving Amendment 40 on to scoping is doing nothing more than being in denial. Something has to be done or we may lose this opportunity to add stability, accountablity and reduce the recreational overages which will once again put in jeopardy the very health of the rescource you have sworn to protect. Please do not let this happen.
panama city fl 32408Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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1/5/2014 15:18:14Larry Burgoynediverlb@embarqmail.comI am NOT in favor of shortening the recreational season or taking away any of our allotment. The commercial fishing industry already gets a large percentage of a natural resource without adding another for profit user. Dade City Fl 33525Private Recreational Angler
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1/6/2014 5:00:34Jason GrahamGraham208@me.comI do not agree with this amendment. My time allowed for taking a red snapper is already small enough and most of those days are gone due to weather and my work schedule. I feel like you would really be doing the recreational fisherman an injustice by passing this amendment.Winter Garden, Fl 34787Private Recreational Angler
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1/6/2014 9:54:13Matthew Dillahuntymatthewdillahunty@gmail.comI am STILL against any form of sector separation, no matter what you are calling it this time!St Petersburg, FL 33716Private Recreational Angler
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1/6/2014 20:52:11Chad Morrscmorllc@gmail.comPlease do not allow this travesty to go through!!!!!!!! I must admit that I have very little faith in this organization, and I am not alone. Please take action that will restore some.

What gives a few the right to profit from this resource at the expense of so many??????????
Saint Augustine, Florida, 32080Private Recreational Angler
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1/7/2014 5:41:12kyle keenekyle_keene@hotmail.comNot in favor! ft white, fl, 32038Private Recreational Angler
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1/8/2014 5:36:30jess p mesmermesmerized1@embarqmail.comPlease, please, understand in Ft. Myers, Fla. we have to run out into the gulf 70 miles to even catch red snapper. with the season being so short we may get a total of 5 days to fish for them and that's assuming you don't have a job and can shoot out any day the weather allows you too. We need help here, please. sincerely Jess P. Mesmerft myers, fla. 33908Private Recreational Angler
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1/12/2014 9:55:34James H Zurbrickjim@jollyrogersii.comThank you Council for the opportunity to comment, many of you know my qualifications to offer credible opinions about our fishery. I fish now commercially but would have continued as a dual permit holder if sector separation had been the reality prior to the IFQ. I decided to devote full time to a fishery that had a future, that being commercial grouper and snapper in contrast to participating in a recreational fishery that was facing extremely hard times. It has been a battle these last 5 years for the Charter for Hire industry to provide a product to the American fishing public that is both dependable and conservation minded. You can argue about the numbers of Charter fishers that support Sector Separation, personally I feel it is now approximately 60%, but the conservation benefits, the social - economic benefits and the Publics right to access the Gulf fishery is without question what makes this Amendment the right choice. Council members must distance themselves from those that are motivated by membership numbers rather than what is best for our Gulf fishery. Hopefully the accountability that Amendment 40 is capable of bringing to the Charter for Hire industry will be a pathway for true accountability in the Private Rec.sector. The Gulf IFQ has been a tremendous success in terms of quota control, effort control and economic benefits. Please consider these benefits when proceeding with the process, the IFQ is not Sector Separation but it is solving many of the same issues. thank you for you time. Jim Zurbrick-352-356-1713Steinhatchee FL 32359Commercial Fisher
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1/12/2014 12:52:14MIKE ELLERFISHDESTIN@YAHOO.COMThe Destin Charter Boat Association has voted on 2 separate occasions to support SECTOR SEPERATION in order to flesh out the concept and see what it means to the charter boat industry. we need to move it forward in order to work out the details to see what its affect will be on our industry.DESTIN, FL 32541Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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1/12/2014 12:54:25MIKE ELLERmiike@fishdestin.comSECTOR SEPERATION WILL ALLOW THE CHARTER BOAT FLEET HAVE MORE CONTROL OVER THE MANAGMENT PROCESS AND HOPEFULLY ALLOW US TO PUSH FOR ELECTRONIC LOG BOOKS AND BETTER LANDING AND EFFORT DATA.DESTIN, FL 32541Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
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1/13/2014 5:21:39Capt Tom Adamstomadams@mexicobeachcharters.com I am against sector separation. About 60 people attended a RAP session held by the Gulf Council this last Saturday Jan 11 2014. Of the 60 or so people in attendance their were only the same 2 people speaking out FOR Sector Separation-- GaryJarvis and Billy Archer. I find it hard to believe the Gulf Council gets side tracked so often by so few. There is only a handful of misguided fishermen who want sector separation along with the EDF. For those few fishermen and all members of the Gulf Council I offer this short video from fishermen who have had sector separation and catch shares forced upon them http://vimeo.com/8645375

Capt Tom Adams
Mexico Beach Charters
Port st Joe, Fl 32456Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/13/2014 8:00:07Chip Blackburnmexicobeach.bz@mchsi.comAs a charter boat owner and operator I am totally opposed to sector separation being implemented in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico Beach, FL 32410Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/13/2014 14:16:20Capt Tom Adamstomadams@mexicobeachcharters.com I am against sector separation. About 60 people attended a RAP session held by the Gulf Council this last Saturday Jan 11 2014. Of the 60 or so people in attendance their were only the same 2 people speaking out FOR Sector Separation-- GaryJarvis and Billy Archer. I find it hard to believe the Gulf Council gets side tracked so often by so few. There is only a handful of misguided fishermen who want sector separation along with the EDF. For those few fishermen and all members of the Gulf Council I offer this short video from fishermen who have had sector separation and catch shares forced upon them http://vimeo.com/8645375

Capt Tom Adams
Mexico Beach Charters
Port st Joe, Fl 32456Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/13/2014 19:19:28William MulliganBill@mexicobeachmarina.comI am oppose to Amendment 40, sector separation. We are considering taking a natural resource which all recreational fisherman should have an equal opportunity to harvest and setting aside a portion of that harvest for a very select group of people. The first reason in favor of separation is increased stability in favor of fore-hire boats. Well what about the increased stability for bait & tackle retailers, marinas, boat manufactures, engine manufactures, lodging establishments, restaurants and many other establishments that are supported by the recreational fisherman who does not use a boat for hire services. The next two reasons for sector separation are increased flexibility in future allocation management and less chance of red snapper harvest exceeding recreational allocation limits. Personally I do not see how sector separation helps. In the past there has been no problem with adjusting the number of fishing days all recreational fisherman had, not sure how setting aside a portion of the harvest for a select group makes it easier to reduce or extend red snapper season. The third reason being that setting a side part of the harvest for a very select group of recreational fisherman will prevent the other sector from over fishing their quota. Again not sure how that stops either group from over fishing their quota limit. The real problem seems to be the quota limit and the number of fishing days in which to achieve the quota. I have been fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico since 2007 and every ear either the number of fishing days has been reduced or the bag limit has been reduced or both have been reduced, yet every year the red snapper are more prolific than the year before. As a matter of fact most times it is almost impossible to get your bait through the red snapper to get other species of reef fish. My question is do we really know what the current red snapper stocks are and do we have a solid system of knowing how many red fish are harvested. If the red snapper stock is being depleted every year and that is why harvesting days and bag limits are continually decreased each year, than why were the red snapper more prolific in 2013 then in 2007.
Thank you for your time and effort in this matter.
Mexico Beach, FL 32456Private Recreational Angler, Other
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1/13/2014 19:19:40William MulliganBill@mexicobeachmarina.comI am oppose to Amendment 40, sector separation. We are considering taking a natural resource which all recreational fisherman should have an equal opportunity to harvest and setting aside a portion of that harvest for a very select group of people. The first reason in favor of separation is increased stability in favor of fore-hire boats. Well what about the increased stability for bait & tackle retailers, marinas, boat manufactures, engine manufactures, lodging establishments, restaurants and many other establishments that are supported by the recreational fisherman who does not use a boat for hire services. The next two reasons for sector separation are increased flexibility in future allocation management and less chance of red snapper harvest exceeding recreational allocation limits. Personally I do not see how sector separation helps. In the past there has been no problem with adjusting the number of fishing days all recreational fisherman had, not sure how setting aside a portion of the harvest for a select group makes it easier to reduce or extend red snapper season. The third reason being that setting a side part of the harvest for a very select group of recreational fisherman will prevent the other sector from over fishing their quota. Again not sure how that stops either group from over fishing their quota limit. The real problem seems to be the quota limit and the number of fishing days in which to achieve the quota. I have been fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico since 2007 and every ear either the number of fishing days has been reduced or the bag limit has been reduced or both have been reduced, yet every year the red snapper are more prolific than the year before. As a matter of fact most times it is almost impossible to get your bait through the red snapper to get other species of reef fish. My question is do we really know what the current red snapper stocks are and do we have a solid system of knowing how many red fish are harvested. If the red snapper stock is being depleted every year and that is why harvesting days and bag limits are continually decreased each year, than why were the red snapper more prolific in 2013 then in 2007.
Thank you for your time and effort in this matter.
Mexico Beach, FL 32456Private Recreational Angler, Other
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1/15/2014 8:02:19Pete Umbdenstockpete@peteselectric.netI remain absolutely opposed to this proposed give away of a public (my) resource. Exactly how many times do you need to hear the same thing before giving up on this travesty. You're becoming a bad joke.

Pete Umbdenstock
2407 19th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501
GulfportPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:32:59John Morellomorello@outlook.comPlease do not artificially separate recreational and commercial quotes in the Amendment 40 – Sector Separation. It's bad science and incents the wrong behavior. You're better than that, GMFMC.Baton Rouge, LA 70810Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:35:28Michael Schwartzmschwartz@american-tradeshow.comI am writing to express my stance of being against sector separation. Please vote against this method of taking away fisheries catches from the private sector.70471Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:38:05Charles Alfred Coogan IValcoogan@yahoo.comNO! DO NOT DO THIS!!Livingston, LA 70754Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:40:25Robert Bonvillainblackpowderrob@yahoo.comAmendment 40 – Sector Separation. Really?? You dump this on Christmas Eve and then pretent you want our input!? I am 100% against this and believe you should all be held for trial for mismanagement of public funds (malfeasance in office). 70601Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:41:07nathan lacombepnut212@hotmail.comI believe just what y'll are saying,this is as low as they can get,didn't see anything about the amendment.
gramercy,la. 70052Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:41:12Robert Lastrapesbobl@fenstermaaker.comI would like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion to STRONGLY OPPOSE Amendment 40 for sector separation in the Gulf of Mexico regarding red snapper fisheries.

I also STRONGLY OPPOSE the headboat pilot program that has been already approved.

And while I'm at it, I am offended by the timing of the release of the announcement of these programs, which was on the afternoon before Christmas.

No wonder people are fed up with government and the way it operates(or doesn't).
Youngsville, LA, 70592Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:41:36Robert L Haeuserbhaeuser@haeuserinsurance.comI strongly oppose your sector separation plan.Robert, LA 70455Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:42:03wayne gabbertsaint1937@aol.comsuckslake chArles la 70611Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:42:22Jack Littlejack@evisive.comThe concept of Sector Separation is ridiculous. As a private recreational angler in the Gulf of Mexico I have watched the Federal Government reduce my access to fully recovered fisheries even as the availability of Red Snapper exceeded that which I remember as a teenager (I am nearly 57!). I am absolutely against any scheme which grants one recreational sector access at the expense of another. Baton Rouge, LA 70808Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:42:38Eric Kocheric_koch@hotmail.com The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced on Dec. 24 that it is proceeding with an extremely controversial amendment for sector separation. That followed on the heels of an announcement about an equally controversial pilot program to let a handpicked set of 17 headboats fish year-round for red snapper using their own personal allocation of fish beginning January 1. Releasing information like this on the afternoon of Dec. 24 brings the art of hiding controversial news to a new low.
Reverse these decisions and quit making such poor decisions.
River Ridge, La. 70123Other
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1/15/2014 9:43:00Glen Grahamgtgraham@live.comI am opposed to the Sector Separation and the impact of it giving public fishing rights to a precious few businesses. I am also disapointed that this initiative was released on Christmas Eve in an effort to dampen response. This is not a characteristic of a program that is seeking public input.Baton Rouge, LA 70815Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:45:34David O'Briendobrien@lsu.eduIt is unbelievable to me that a Federal Agency that is tasked with the "Management" of a public, natural, marine resource has done, and continues to do such a poor job of managing this resource. Your move to allow Sector Separation is just another bad decision in a long line of bad decisions. It shows that the Gulf of Mexico, Fishery Management Council is clear the puppet of the commercial fishermen.

As a private angler who enjoys fishing for Red Snapper off the coast of Louisiana, I do my part on supporting the local economy by spending money not just on fishing equipment, but on hotels, food, bait, and gas each time I make a trip, I am strongly opposed to Amendment 40 – Sector Separation.
Zachary, LA, 70791Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:46:22Steven louis Ellendersteve.ellender@grace.comPlease give recreational fisherman (pawpaws, mawmaws, children, grandchildren) a fair shake at red snapper fishing. The number of days we can access the fish is very limited. Sulphur La. 70665Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:46:59Raul Guevararbgmd1@gmail.comI oppose Amendment 40.It is not fair to the general public fishers and favors a selective few commercial fishing enterprises.Covington.LA 70433Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:52:31Myrden Pellegrinmertpell@hotmail.comAmendment 40 sacrifices the interests of the general public in favor of the interests of private businesses.

I wholeheartedly oppose Ammendment 40 - Sector Separation, and resent the way that the Ammendment was released on December 24th.

We (the recreational anglers of the general public) deserve far better treatment than this
Houma LA. 70360Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:53:09Charles Moorecmoore19532aol.comI am totally opposed to Amendment 40 and Sector Separation. I and every other taxpayer has equal rights to public fisheries and no segment or small group of businesses selected by YOU should be given preferential treatment and access to fishery resources that I and every other tax paying recreational angler has the rights to. Do your job right and get rid of this ruling.Baton Rouge, LA 70879Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:54:05Eric EliasEriceliasmd@gmail.comThere are more red snapper in louisiana waters than ever before in my 35 years of fishing. Let the states manage this fishery. Sector desperation is no good. Your policies are killing not only all the red snapper that get released but also the local economy. 70517Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:54:40Gregory TrahanNitrosamide@yahoo.comI oppose Amendment 40 and the way it is being implemented. Please reconsider this amendment. I feel it gives preferential and unfair treatment to commercial fisheries. I adamantly oppose this amendment. Lake Charles, LA, 70605Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:57:44Jimmy Fisackerlyjimmy@boatstuf.comPlease do not allow just a handful of commercial fisherman take over the Snapper allocation as thousands of recreational anglers get ignored. This not only affects the fishery but also Boat Dealers, Outboard Dealers, Marinas, Lodging facilities, and more. 70433Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 9:57:52William Stein III, MD PhDwstein@uno.eduSector separation is not a good plan for management of a fishery as it gives a large portion to a small group of commercial interests. This plan is counter to the intent of the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. There does not appear to be any publically disclosed justification for giving 17 private commercial interests a large part of a very hotly contested and limited public asset. This type of activity erodes public trust and exposes the managing agency to questions of impropriety. The announcement of the decision on the Christmas Eve further calls into question the motivation of the Agency.Metairie, La. 70005Private Recreational Angler, Other
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1/15/2014 9:58:40mike johnstonjunkin35@hotmail.comGet your heads out of your a$$&$ and hands out of the coin purses of industry and look out for the public and recreational anglers who spend more $ and actually benefit not destroy the fisheries. No Pilot programs!Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:01:43TODD REEDTER0503@YAHOO.COMI am opposed to the Friday dumb and Christmas Eve dump so inappropriately used to release information in such a way as to avoid the mainstream.

I AM OPPOSED TO SECTOR SEPERATION!
ERATH, LA 70533Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:02:06Philip Breauxphilip@mecom.ccAs a recreational fisherman I'm very much opposed to Amendment 40 - Sector Separation.
And for the news release to take place on December 24th (Christmas Eve) this just shows me that you must have a hidden agenda.
Lake CharlesPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:07:10Jason Broekmanjason.broekman@gmail.comI am absolutely shocked and appalled that the Gulf Council is attempting to yet again subversively pass sector segregation for Red Snapper or any other Gulf species. There have been multiple periods for comment on this subject over the years all resulting in a resounding "No" from myself and the public.
How many different ways can we or times do we have to say "No" to this proposal. This is not in the best interest of the public and only benefits a few politically connected business. The Gulf Council is attempting to line the pockets of a few businesses and cut out everyone else including the recreational fishermen. Any policy proposal needs to be fair to all of the people and not just a few. The council, admittedly does not have any real or accurate data where they can provide an accurate account of the Gulf fisheries. How can it attempt to recommend any program of this nature?
The Gulf Council should be disbanded and its members brought up on charges of malfeasance for failing: to appropriately manage the fisheries under its purview, continued failure to provide and or acquire accurate fisheries data, lying or misleading the public, subversively attempting to pass policy that is not in the best interest of the public. The list could go on and on.
The Gulf Council members should be ashamed of their work and to be a member of such a failed attempt of conservation management.
JeffersonPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:10:44William Sigmonoutcastmarinela@gmail.comAs a recreational fisherman I feel that I am slowly being forced to quit fishing! The regulations that are being imposed on our fisheries are too strict. This is a very expensive hobby to begin with and the limitations set for the recreational angler make it near impossible to justify even going. To only be able to catch 2 red snapper per person and 1 Amber Jack for a few days out of the year is just crazy! The amount of time with work and weather permitted to actually be able to go fishing is next to none!! This fishery will not be over fished by the recreational angler it is next to impossible!! Please Do Not allow Amendment 40 to pass as this will only further limit my right to fish!! des allemands, la, 70030Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:13:49John Keatingjtkeating@dow.comI oppose sector separtation. Private industry should not own a natural rescource. Allocation of red snapper should be distributed to maximize commerce and recreational fishing opportunities. Reducing recreational snapper fishing seasons to less than 1 month destroys million of dollars of commerce that recreational fishermen "would" put into the economy.Des Allemands, LA, 70030Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:14:10Jeff Sanclubbago@aol.comStop the Scam with Amendment 40 – Sector Separation
It is anglers like me that keeps the economy going locally. Let me Fish the same as your Amendment 40 – Sector Separation scam suggest for the privilege hand picked few.
70043Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:14:22Crawford Gordoncrawford@fasttesting.comAmendment 40 is not fair to Charter Captains and recreational anglers. Why should a few commercial fishermen benefit while the 1000's of sport fisherman be penalized with a 3 fish limit when fishing for Snapper? It is a lengthy journey along the Gulf Coast to reach Snapper fisheries and it has been a huge impact on Sport Fishermen and Charter Captains because of the 3 fish limit. If the Snapper population is not healthy enough for increased limits, why should the commercial fishermen be allowed to set personal limits and lengthen the minimal fish limits currently imposed on the recreational fishermen?HoumaPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:16:18LUCAS RAGUSAlucas@rivercityair.comAmendment 40 or anything that takes rights away from other Americans is a bad idea. This is yet another attempt to control what is the worlds water by our country. As a sportsman , I understand conservation and limits must be in place in order not to over fish. This is different and the vote should be NO!! I oppose sector separation !GNZ LA 70737Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:18:35Michael J. Burasmikeburas@cox.netThe sneaky, backhanded methods of our legislators in D.C. don't surprise me at all. It's pretty obvious to me that they've been paid off in one way or another by the BIG players in commercial fishing. Unfortunately, this makes it even less attractive for guys like me to pay the price to go out & catch 2 snapper per person no matter how much fun it is.

Shame on you scab politicians in the "Beltway". You really have NO clue what most of America wants.
Metairie, La. 70002Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:20:52Drew harrisbaggedoutranger@yahoo.comAmendment 40 is bs benefiting only a few people. 70426Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:24:37JESSICA DIFULCOjessica.difulco@royomartin.comYou will find NO support for this amendment in Louisiana. The recreational sector is a big factor in creating business in Lousiana -- even the business owners will not support this, as the Recreational fishermen of Snapper season brings more income into the southern areas of our state. This ploy is so easy to see through - and the politics behind it. What the council should do is set the quotas based on location -- Louisiana's fisheries are more abundant -- how about limiting Florida's quotas and building their obviously over fished snapper population. The council needs to stop catering to the Big Business and politics in Florida and trying to build up their Charter and tourist business in their state. Come visit Louisiana and see what Snapper season is really like. Anyone from here can and will tell you how ridiculous it is -- you can't catch anything else in the water, for all the Snapper that are under the water. Lowering the quotas or shutting out the recreational season to near nothing will not accomplish anything in this part of the gulf. What a joke.alexandria, la 71303Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:25:30Robert J. Mussormusso@cfirstbank.comI opporse the sector seperation that has been going on How is it fair that only a few private businesses can profit from a public resource such as Red Snapper We need and want a CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGAITON into this agency and how it is punishing the private fishermen Youngsville La. 70592Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:31:28Noah HasslockNhasslock@gmail.conI am opposed to sector seeps ration. The general public has a right to the public fisheries more so then private entities. The resources should be available to the public and restricted by the government for the financial gain of corporations.70800Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:33:09Chad M Eiermannchadtopgun@gmail.comKill Amendment 40. Public resource should not be given to a select few commercial fishing entities.Madisonville, LA 70447Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:34:30Eric Labourdetteeric@lablawno.comI oppose commercial fishing of Red Snapper year round. This is a seasonal quota fishery and should remain so. Further, to allow some burt not all boat to fish will certainly lead to political croonyism and that is clear improper.Sldell LA 70458Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:34:45Marc Simoneaux Z71marc@yahoo.comI vote NOBaker la 70714Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:35:39James G. Manning Jr.jimmanning@suddenlink.netI am opposed to amendment 40 and the pilot program.Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70607Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:39:00Sonja Landrylandrysonja@yahoo.comI am appalled at the fact that once again we are battling to prevent Amendment 40 and such practices. I have been fishing since I was 3 years old and remember the days when we went offshore fishing, caught a nice catch of Red Snapper, stopping when we had plenty for dinner and a few for the freezer. Over the years, commerical fishermen began to fish out the once ample supply, limits were set on recreational angler's and now this. It is hard for the recreational angler to even justify going offshore fishing with all the limits but allowing Headboat fishing is not only unfair but would create the potential of an even greater depletion of this wonderful natural resource. I painfully request that this be stopped once and for all. Please put a stop to this!Baton Rouge, LA 70808Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:48:57John Stephen Lanier IIIsteve@stevelanier.comI oppose this legislation. It favors a few with unprecedented access to a resource that belongs to the entire citizenry. It concentrates too much power in the hands of very few people. It is imperative to stop favoring these select few and allow broader access to the resource. The recreational fishermen are being legislated into denial of the resource.Metairie, La 70005Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:49:32Joseph G. Hynes Jr.shclsu@gmail.comI oppose this change and cannot understand why a public resource is being given to a limited number of operators at the expense of public at large. This is doubly frustrating when the economics point a direction contrary to the course of action currently being taken.New Orlean, LA 70130Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:50:58Thomas G Holmesoutcast@bellsouth.netI am strongly against sector separation and the disgusting results it will have. The resource belongs to all of us and should never be allocated to a select few for their profit. There are many millions of recreational anglers that have the right to catch fish but the regulations seem to be against us in every way. We have to fish in a very short derby season and the commercial and now head boats will be able to go when ever they want. This is an unfair policy and it needs to be addressed. Pensacola, Fl. 32507Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:52:09Rex Barbasrexbarbas@aol.comI am opposed to the sector separation programTampa, Fl. 33602Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:53:13Capt Dave Siplercharter@captdaves.comGeeez, wish I was so damn special that i could be one of the selected few to make a living, or not make a living. Are you kidding "US". Do you all even own a single clue?32225Charter/Headboat For-Hire
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1/15/2014 10:53:15Jack Hiltonhilsold@aol.comI only ask that decisions, like this sector separation, be made in the lite of day with equal opportunity for the public/fishermen to voice their opinions. Clearly, this decision for a late December 24 press release was and is an effort to covertly render a decision opposed by the general public at large. Frankly fundamental fairness has again thrown out for political opportunism. Rockport, texas, 78381Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:56:31Michael G Rivaskjunkid@gmail.comIts OUR Gulf not yours! Please stop cowering to special interest.70358Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:56:57Judy Axelrodjudyaxelrod@msn.comPlease, no sector red snapper to head boats. We need total resource management of the species with no one group taking what ever they can.
That is not management of one of our best fisheries. Thank you. Judy Axelrod
Sarasota,Fl 34242Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:58:02Bretbreta.graham@duke-energy.comGive the recreational fisherman back our voice and stop selecting your buddies to pay favors to!!Leesburg, FLPrivate Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:58:42Gene Kingery13specialk@embarqmail.comHow can you, in good conscience, support sector separation, when it is so obviously biased? Another slap in face to the recreational angler. Punta Gorda, FL, 33950Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 10:59:19George Kevin Fostergfoster@creativeenvironmental.comI strongly oppose the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council plans related to Amendment 40 - Sector Separation and the pilot program that allows a select few head boats to harvest red snapper. These fish belong the the PUBLIC! The GMFMC members should be ashamed of themselves. Weeki Wachee, FL 34607Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:01:08scott turnerstrt71661@gmail.comI believe the governmental regulatory limitations on red snapper are absolutely ridiculous and are based upon unsound data.
There are a lot more snapper than the government thinks there are.
Do the government officials even know that snapper are migratory,and that they do not stay in one place all the time.
Snapper are able to replisnish stocks quickly ,however the catch and release aided by venting of snapper is detrimental to the species, and much more so than fishing and keeping them.
Boats that go out and catch 100 snapper and keep the big ones which breed while venting and releasing the smaller fish , do not help to conserve the resource. The government encourages this disturbing behavior by limiting fishermen to such a low number that they want to get every extra pound out there extremely high priced fishing trip, so they resort to this type idiotic behavior.
Throwing back 10 snapper that weigh 10 lbs to finally keep 2 that are 20 lbs is just plain stupid.
Most of the vented and released fish do not survive.
Venting is a theoretical way to justify stupidity.
I believe that snapper limits should be 10 fish but should be the first 10 you catch regardless of size.
That would allow charter boat fishermen to make a living and thier customers to come back with enough to make cost of the trip worth it as well as recreational anglers also i believe would not be as inclined to waste resources by venting and releasing fish to die anyway as they are doing now.
Ihave heard so many stories of people going on charter trips during which they caught a lot of snapper but realeased all but 20 for the boat limit, and vented the rest, many of which came promptly back up to the surface to die.
To do this in the name of conservation is like calling a bald man curley. What the hell are we actually doing.
There are more snapper on the spots we used to fish in the 70's & 80's than there was then according to the divers i talk to.
Recreational fishermen did not catch near as many big snapper back then because they would keep a bunch of smaller and better eating fish.
i have a great deal of trouble believing that snapper populations are so far down that we should only keep 2 per trip and only a few months of the year.
And since i am on a rant already, taking structure like rigs out of the gulf is only detrimental to the ecology of the gulf.
To cap em and leave the structure would hold many more fish than removing them , which is another governmental idiocracy.
Snapper are a structure relating fish and do not simply hold in an area and reproduce without it.
for years we have known that snapper move in and out from deep water to breed and the big fish population stays in deep water more than the smaller population during most of the year.
Populations of every wild creature both increase and decrease as part of a natural cyclic process which has been observed by avid fishermen that pay attention to details for centuries.
Also magnetic north pole variances can have an effect on where populations of all wild creatures stay and move to and away from as well as the fish they feed on because it affects water temperature and climate and virtually every thing else.
Ivote more fish and less government!
lake charles louisiana 70607Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:01:50Norman C. Ridgelynormridge@Yahoo.comHave you all not already gotten the message; SECTOR SEPARATION is not what the American citizen wants or will tolarate. You are giving away a resource that does NOT belong to you, but to the public. STOP it now and also the Christmas eve notice is not becoming an employee of the American citizen, who pays your salary.Vero Beach, FL 32964Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:05:05Christian D. Keedy3f7072b3@opayq.comDear Sir or Madam:
I oppose Amendment 40's sector separation provisions. There is no basis in reason, logic or fairness to give businesses greater rights to any fish stocks than the private angle.

The private angles provided a better overall finical return in taxes to the government than commercial anglers and require vastly less cost to monitor their use of the resource.

Decisions of your organization over many years reflects a clear biase in favor of commercial fisherman of all kind.

Christian D.Keedy
33134Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:06:30Bradley Cord Spatzwaterbyair@yahoo.comAs a Florida native and life-long angler, I am opposed to your amendment 40 governing sector separation (principally red snapper).

I am also very upset that this type of controversial program is announced on Christmas Eve, taking the "Friday news dump" approach to new lows. That betrays how you all really feel about this.

Funneling so much to a select group of commercial fisherman is not serving the larger public.

I support the Coastal Conservation Association's position on this matter; they speak for my interests and those of my fellow boaters, anglers, and private citizens of Florida.
Gainesville, FL, 32605Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:07:02Stephen Vernonverndoc50@aol.comThe sector plan is totally unacceptable and the launch of a pilot program is an affront to all recreational anglers, and as well totally disregarding all the previous public outcry against this concept. This is patently unfair and the Council should be ashamed of itself for a December 24th release of information. Miami, FL 33156Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:08:05Ivan Lee HolmesIvanholmes07@gmail.comPlease support the recreational angler. The benefits to the economies of all coastal towns has been shown time and time again.
Thank You,
Ivan Lee Holmes
Key Largo, Fl 33037Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:09:16Walter Kirtlandwkirtland@aol.comI am absolutely appalled that the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is continuing to pursue sector separation in Amendment 40 and the 17 private headboat pilot program after receiving literally thousands of comments against these proposals.
These resources belong to the all of the citizens of the United States not just a few hand picked Robber Barons.
Baton Rouge, La.. 70809Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:09:55david charles hebertdchebert60@gmail.comsector separation is a horrible idea that reeks of continued federal government interference in state maters. it is nothing more than an attempt to further divide the fishing community into smaller and smaller segments that are more easily controlled and manipulated.
fisheries management has been the most successful when applied at the local level by locally knowledgeable professionals that are directly answerable to the owners/citizens they represent.
baton rouge, la 70815Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:09:56N Gene Pencengp@sailsoft.comI oppose sector separation. No, do not do it. Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:10:12Bryon J Hatrelhatrel@cox.netIf you want to conserve the red snapper fishery then you should stop allocating more shares to professional fisherman. Professional fisherman(charter or commercial) are much more efficient at catching red snapper than the recreational fisherman. In most businesses you should choose the most efficient methods but when you are trying to conserve a resource then choosing the most inefficient methods make the most sense. Recreational fisherman spend more per pound of fish caught than any of the professionals so the best way to help the economy is to allow the recreational fisherman to catch more of the snapper.

I am opposed to allocating a share of the recreational catch to professional fisherman through the pilot head boat program or any other program.
River Ridge, La.Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:12:40John David Dickensonjddickenson@comcast.netI write to oppose Sector Separation. It is and will always be a bad idea. It is an idea that is bad for the ecosystem that this Council is charged with managing. By catering to a very small segment of the Gulf reef fish fishery, for hire, for profit head boats, the Council is apparently willing to shortchange the private boat angling sector that is many times larger and far more economically significant. Sector separation is part of a large scale giveaway of a public resource and recreational anglers must be heard on this issue.Delray Beach, FL 33444Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:16:42steve ormanscorman9929@aol.comSo, the feedback you have received regarding allocation and sector separation has been overwhelming negative, yet you decide to go forward with it anyway, releasing the news on December 24? Why so early, you could have done it Christmas Day?

That is so typical. You continue to make yourselves look like nothing more than paid lapdogs, catering to special interests at the expense of the recreational angler. Nice job!
jacksonville, florida 32223Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:18:22Billy Knolesbdknoles@yahoo.comI am against the amendment on sector separation and the headboat allocation.Lake charles, La. 70605Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:19:03Larry M. Mocklmock7@tampabay.rr.comReef Fish Ammendment 40- Sector Seperation is a travesty and an insult to any intellegent person. How can you constantly take away the rignts of anglers and give them away to the comercial sector. What will it take to open your eyes and motivate you to provide a program that is FAIR to all.
If you have an ounce of integrity left you will cease and desist this farce immediately and create a comprehensive program fair to all parties.If you continue on your current course there will be no alternative except legal action and who really wants that. PLEASE WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spring Hill,Fl 34606Private Recreational Angler
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1/15/2014 11:19:19Porteus Burkeprburke@prburke.comI oppose sector separation New Iberia La. 70562Private Recreational Angler
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