Reef Fish Amendment 42 (Responses)
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10/20/2015 8:31:27William PenningtonWBRP@Comcast.netCollinsville, Ms 39325Private Recreational AnglerPrivate recreational fisherman have a lot invested to be left out. This seems to bean attempt to divide recreational fishermen so the commercials & charters win and individual rec fishers are almost left out. It isn't right for the commercial guys to have over half the harvest. If I had my way commercial fishing would be left out all together. They are the ones depleting the stocks.
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10/20/2015 9:07:35David Waltersdavid@rives.comMt. Brook, Al 35243Private Recreational AnglerVote "NO".
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10/20/2015 9:36:41Sam BowenBbowen@bnspc.comGulf Shores,AL,36542Private Recreational Angler42 should be rejected. Just another way the for hire an commercial fishermen can screw over recreational fisherman. The only fish you can catch on any reef now is red snapper. They are horribly over populated, yet I only have 2 days I can legally catch them because I have to work during the week. I have stopped reef fishing because there is nothing but red snapper present and I am tired of wasting gas to throw back snapper. Just give us more weekend days and longer season. No reason I should not be able to keep a couple of snapper to feed the family. I have two young boys as well who love to fish, but will not go with me anymore because they say not worth it if we can't keep them anymore.
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10/20/2015 16:31:27stephen bowensrbowen@mysylacauga.comequality, AL 36026Private Recreational AnglerPlease do not further restrict individual sport fishing further.
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10/22/2015 18:32:47Capt Cliff CoxSweetjodyfishing@gmail.comDestin, Florida, 32540Charter/Headboat For-HireI am in favor of Amendment 42. I am on the headboat advisory panel and also participating in a very successful pilot program which has been used as reference to model a fmp for the headboats. Individual Fish Quotas are the way of the future if we want to stop overfishing and properly manage the resource. It works!
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3/31/2016 18:24:58William GouldingSgoulding6@comcast.netNaples,FL 34110Charter/Headboat For-HireWhy will you not review the moratorium on pelagic and reef licenses? It is way overdue and very unfair to those of us not holding licenses in 1997. It is not fair to the 6 pack charters that are limited to 9 miles, especially unfair to charters that do spearfishing. There is no visibility until you get 10 miles out and it's only 40 foot depth at that. I think it is a restraint of trade and the same guys keep making the money. Just not right.
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9/26/2016 16:32:32ECHO ECHOMAKO2242@YAHOO.COM77471Private Recreational AnglerMORE GOVERNMENT JOBS REALLY??? $$$$ OFF THE BACKS OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO FISH THIS ENTIRE FEDERAL CRAP IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH WHATS HAPPENING $$$$$$
I HOPE TRUMP SHUTS YALL DOWN PERIOD
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12/14/2016 9:54:04Capt tom Adams4tomadams@gmail.comport st joe. fl 32456Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-HireAlt 1 only There is no way you nan make special seasons for headboats without doing the same for charterboats All headboats and charterboats are only taxis taking recreational fishermen out to fish They have the same permits and should be treated the same as all federally permitted charterboats. all with the same season and the same chance to make a living
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3/22/2017 9:28:57Christopher Dombkowskidaiwafan25@yahoo.comDayton, Ohio 45434 AND Cibolo TexasPrivate Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-HireI would like to see a quota split for the head/for hire boats. I believe that 50% of the quota should come from the commercial side and 50% should come from rec angler side to satisfy the fact that their endeavors are indeed from both angles. They are making monetary income off the public resource while still providing a recreational opportunities. This would allow charters and headboats a longer snapper season so they should be interested in this as well it would be a major win for them as well as helping to satisfy/ease the burden on the rec angler side of some of the issues at hand.
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7/31/2017 8:00:10Tom Adams
4tomadams@gmail.com
Prot St. Joe, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Pleas postpone all actions on headboats and charterboats You do not have data from ALL the states and if you wait a few months You will have much added data and much more complete data. Also most charterfishermen are still very busy and cannot attend. Also it is not being held in a centrally located area. also the main season will be over by the next meeting after august and you can get a lot more input from a lot more permit holders It is an extremely bad idea to vote on any actions or amendmentd that concern charterboats and /or heaboats until later this year.



This attempt to take final action on two such important issues that will forever affect the vessel owners and sector is ill-conceived and borders on complete irresponsibility at best and shows the NMFS/Council agenda to force a style of management on fishers at worst. The facts that the majority of the vessel owners affected do not want such management, the extremely late production of the documents to be finalized that will have less than 4 weeks to review and study in order to provide any type of reasonable comment, and the lack of complete data to review shows the fast track of the NMFS/Council agenda that completely ignores the will of those affected most. So all understand, the proposed referendums are not simple proposed regulations that may change yearly or seasonally like most regulations that affect what we are able to harvest, when and how. The most important decision a person who enters the for hire charter/headboat business will make is to enter the business or not. The next most important decision that person will make will be to support or not a catch share program that will affect that business for ever. Trying to make such an important decision on the proposed document in such a short period of time and based on incomplete data is, frankly, plain irresponsible. As members of the Council, the staff, the staff of the NMFS, and others working on this agenda, surely you would not make such an important decision that will affect you and your family’s future on such a presentation.



The final action proposed for the referendums must be moved to the Biloxi Oct meeting to be fair to the vessel owners who will be affected the most. We strongly urge the NMFS/Council, as we have in the past, to eliminate further discussion on this issue and move to working on more important management issues.


As an owner of a state permitted boat and a federally permitted boat I am requesting an OPPORTUNITY to be there. It is impossible for MOST charter business owners to attend the August meeting. Thanks
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7/31/2017 8:00:38Tom Adams
4tomadams@gmail.com
Port St. Joe, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Pleas postpone all actions on headboats and charterboats You do not have data from ALL the states and if you wait a few months You will have much added data and much more complete data. Also most charterfishermen are still very busy and cannot attend. Also it is not being held in a centrally located area. also the main season will be over by the next meeting after august and you can get a lot more input from a lot more permit holders It is an extremely bad idea to vote on any actions or amendmentd that concern charterboats and /or heaboats until later this year.



This attempt to take final action on two such important issues that will forever affect the vessel owners and sector is ill-conceived and borders on complete irresponsibility at best and shows the NMFS/Council agenda to force a style of management on fishers at worst. The facts that the majority of the vessel owners affected do not want such management, the extremely late production of the documents to be finalized that will have less than 4 weeks to review and study in order to provide any type of reasonable comment, and the lack of complete data to review shows the fast track of the NMFS/Council agenda that completely ignores the will of those affected most. So all understand, the proposed referendums are not simple proposed regulations that may change yearly or seasonally like most regulations that affect what we are able to harvest, when and how. The most important decision a person who enters the for hire charter/headboat business will make is to enter the business or not. The next most important decision that person will make will be to support or not a catch share program that will affect that business for ever. Trying to make such an important decision on the proposed document in such a short period of time and based on incomplete data is, frankly, plain irresponsible. As members of the Council, the staff, the staff of the NMFS, and others working on this agenda, surely you would not make such an important decision that will affect you and your family’s future on such a presentation.



The final action proposed for the referendums must be moved to the Biloxi Oct meeting to be fair to the vessel owners who will be affected the most. We strongly urge the NMFS/Council, as we have in the past, to eliminate further discussion on this issue and move to working on more important management issues.


As an owner of a state permitted boat and a federally permitted boat I am requesting an OPPORTUNITY to be there. It is impossible for MOST charter business owners to attend the August meeting. Thanks
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8/9/2017 15:27:38Dylan Hubbard
dhubbard@hubbardsmarina.com
St. Petersburg, FL
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
We still hold to the fact that we would demand not to see this type of Allocation based management in the for-hire sectors in any way, it is overwhelmingly opposed by the nearly 80 federal permits we represent. As we have stated in previous public comments.
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8/9/2017 16:01:52Jim McKayjdale_us@yahoo.com
I disagree very much with the idea of the federal gov gifting a select group of individuals or corporations America's public resources as it is being considered im Ams 41 & 42. I do believe if these resources are sold or bartered they are considered a commercial comedy and therefore should come from the commercial quota. Anyway you look at it this resource will be the selling fact of the charter trips or bartered between other captains.
Do the right thing and not pass Ams 41 & 42.

Thanks Jim McKay.
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8/9/2017 16:01:58Jim McKayjdale_us@yahoo.com
I disagree very much with the idea of the federal gov gifting a select group of individuals or corporations America's public resources as it is being considered im Ams 41 & 42. I do believe if these resources are sold or bartered they are considered a commercial comedy and therefore should come from the commercial quota. Anyway you look at it this resource will be the selling fact of the charter trips or bartered between other captains.
Do the right thing and not pass Ams 41 & 42.

Thanks Jim McKay.
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6/7/17Dylan Hubbarddhubbard@hubbardsmarina.comFLCharter/Headboat For-HireTo start, a little background on us and our company. At Hubbard’s Marina, we operate two federally permitted head boats with 50+ passengers and four charter boats all with federal permits, two of those are multi passenger USCG inspected charter vessels. Hubbard’s Marina carries around 60,000 anglers on average per year for near shore and offshore deep sea vertical line fishing. Typically fishing depths of 10-1,000 foot off the central west coast of Florida as a family owned and operated business since 1928.

The following are our recommendations to the council regarding what has been discussed this far at the meeting. (Tab B – 13) Draft Amendment 42 – federal reef fish headboat management
Not discussed during this meeting, allowing time for Amendment 41 to catch up. However, we again urge the council to ensure Amendments 41 and 42 move together and mirror one another not only in the timeline but also by allocation and species included.

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