Reef Fish Amendment 45 - Red Snapper Recreational Sector Separation Sunset Provision (Responses)
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4/30/2016 9:45:10Charles weaverHweaver@sswce.comFoley Al 36555Private Recreational AnglerEliminate the sector separation!
It's unfair and very unpopular
Spread the season over a longer period of time for both charter and private anglers even if it means one or two days per week or month
Most important is to manage smaller areas of coastline independently based on local stock assessment and state compliance
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4/30/2016 9:53:52charles weaverHweaver@sswce.comFoley Al 36535Private Recreational AnglerThe original comments on this were overwhelmingly against separation
Why even get public comments?
I had hope when I read comments but appears it's just another farce
We need local management!
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4/30/2016 19:10:31ANDRES BIAGGIandresbiaggidmd@aol.comSAN ANTONIOPrivate Recreational AnglerPrivate recreational anglers should have equal opportunity to fish as any other entity.
These changes are unfair to the general population that likes to fish and owns a private boat.
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4/30/2016 19:13:11ANDRES BIAGGIandresbiaggidmd@aol.comSAN ANTONIOPrivate Recreational AnglerPrivate recreational anglers should have equal opportunity to fish as any other entity.
These changes are unfair to the general population that likes to fish and owns a private boat.
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5/2/2016 0:29:34joe nashcaptjoenash@gmail.comgulf shores Al,Charter/Headboat For-HireI Believe this separation is needed and was long overdue and should stay that way. If the recreational anglers would actually get together and tell their state they do not want state waters open and to comply with federal regulations in a few short years they will have allot longer season, this instant gratification the state governments are giving to the people is only hurting the situation. It takes time, effort and a willingness to suffer.The answer is not to take from another sector that is actually accountable and has strived to do right for the fishery and still maintain a business. We have suffered for many years, it was nice to see that we finally got granted separation and a longer season, I just invested allot of money in motors due to the more stable fishery. I would like to continue to be a separate entity of charter for hire,.
Thank you,
Capt. Joe Nash
In charter business 27 years
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5/3/2016 8:49:19Evan Villarruelevan@griffithlandservices.com77057Private Recreational AnglerI have been fishing for Red snapper for over 25 years and the way that you have turned this fisher management is a joke. Please understand that your management pratices are stealing from the public with the idea of commercial share program. The council needs to get a better understand of the fishery (which is truly flawed go to any oil platform in 120-400 of water to see for yourself) and there is a real need for the counsel to understand the true economic impact of the private recreational fisherman has on the gulf coast states and the USA compared to the commercial side that is just raping this public resource.
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5/3/2016 9:58:45James Jacobsjacobsjay21@yahoo.comHouston, TX 77024Private Recreational AnglerDear Council Members,

I ask as a recreational fisherman who primarily fishes out of Surfside Texas to considering altering the way in which we manage Red Snapper in the state of Texas and in the Gulf Coast. The current 8 to 10 day fishing season is unrealistic, and disproportionate to commercial fisherman. I understand that commercial fishing is a livelihood for many great Americans as well as a source of income for the State and Federal Government, but so are the tax dollars that are generated from recreational fisherman spending millions if not billions of dollars on the industry. Without a healthy fishery and realistic laws for both Commercial and Recreational fisherman you are going to encourage illegal fishing and the long term preservation of our great fishery will be lost, as well as the future generation of fisherman who will be generating tax dollars for the State and Federal Government.

I myself, if I am lucky, am able to fish 6 to 10 times a year due to my work schedule, weather limitations and family commitments. When it comes to Red Snapper, this usually means one day at most during the 8 to 10 day season. At the same time, I spend an enormous amount of money maintaining my boat, providing for storage, maintenance, licenses, insurance, and gear. All I want to be able to do is to take my kids out fishing 4 to 5 times a year and be able to have them share the joy I get from offshore fishing and catching red snapper. I also want to teach them conservation, which means that we only kill what we eat. Red Snapper often if caught at depth die, and thus the species doesn't lend itself to being released. As such, I believe we should move to a system that allows for fisherman to have a season that last more than 8 days, as well as one that preserves the resource. How we manage this is going to be hard, but I believe going to a Tag system like Turkey or Deer, where each angler has tags that can be used year round to harvest a set amount of snapper would be a more efficient and easier to enforce. It would also allow anglers the opportunity to fish year round when time permits. This could be coupled with limitations of people targeting Red Snapper simply catching purposes.

Another alternative would be to increase the number of days that recreational anglers can fish to a more reasonable number and reducing the quota as compared to commercial fisherman, or by balancing the rules between the two class of fisherman.

There is no easy solution and tags may pose problems, but fishing only 8 days a year is not a reasonable solution and a very tough pill to swallow to tax paying Americans who abide by the rules.

Thank you for your consideration,

Best Regards,

Jay Jacobs
Houston, TX
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5/3/2016 12:59:54ANDRES BIAGGIandresbiaggidmd@aol.comSAN ANTONIOPrivate Recreational AnglerPrivate recreational anglers should have equal opportunity to fish as any other entity.
These changes are unfair to the general population that likes to fish and owns a private boat.
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5/6/2016 11:50:07Robert Bryantbob.bryant@subocorp.comSaint Petersburg, FL 33710Private Recreational AnglerWhy is there no selection for State Water Charter Fisherman (which I am)

Amendment 45 should be defeated and I will tell you exactly why in St. Pete on the 23rd...

But put me down as a NO
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5/8/2016 19:43:49Alan Edwardsalanbedwards@icloud.comDavie, FL 33331Private Recreational AnglerWe went fishing out of Venice May 5-8th. We had to leave two spots because we could not catch anything other than Red Snapper. Of the ones we caught almost half died even though we vented them ASAP. Finally we caught a few grouper that we could keep. I spent a lot of money to go there to catch fish. It was frustrating to have to throw back these fish that seem so plentiful.
Alan Edwards
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5/10/2016 17:07:31Conrad Szymanskiconrad_sz@msn.comBradenton, FL, 34205Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 40 was brutally unfair to recreational anglers, taking what should be a recreational resource and giving that resource to a for profit industry. Red Snapper should be sport fish that is taken out of the for profit arena. As fish populations dwindle we should look to aquaculture commercial interests. It is high time sector separation was repealed.
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5/12/2016 13:22:35Brandon Wilsonatmranger01@yahoo.comPortland, TX 78374Private Recreational AnglerBased off of my experience (along with every fisherman I talk to), there does not seem to be a lack of red snapper in federal waters. Every time I go fishing we inadvertantly catch red snapper even when we are specifically trying not to catch them. Red Snapper appear to be more abundant than any other fish in my perspective. I feel that extending the limit/catch target/recreational season will not have a negative affect on the fishery. Please consider input from local fisherman as they can be a very important data point when assessing specific fisheries. Thanks.
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5/13/2016 12:03:10Mitch Brownleemitch@fairlandltd.comSan Antonio, TX 78209Private Recreational AnglerPlease keep the Sunset Provision on Amendment 40. Thank you for your consideration.
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5/13/2016 12:03:56Mitch Brownleemitch@fairlandltd.comSan Antonio, TX 78209Private Recreational AnglerPlease keep the Sunset Provision on Amendment 45. Thank you for your consideration.
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5/13/2016 12:09:38Richard E. BurnsRE_Burns@bellsouth.netCarrabelle, FL 32322Private Recreational AnglerAmendment 40 should be forever deleted, preferably immediately. Under no circumstances should the mandated sunset for separated seasons be truncated early n favor of charter boat captains or commercial fishermen. Sport fishermen deserve at least equal season length and limit sizes as any other category of fishermen.

I respect anyone's right to make a living - but not, say never, at the expense of individual fishing rights.
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5/13/2016 12:14:36Robert E. Pledgerrpledger@hotmail.comHouston, TX 77077Private Recreational AnglerI am sorry to see another case where the government is stepping on the rights of recreational anglers. Since most of us can only fish on weekends and vacations, the limiting of the season places an undue hardship on us which benefits commercial fishing. This is wrong! The fishing season should be longer for recreational fishermen and shorter for commercial! The present season restrictions reflect how the government has been :bought off" by the commercial industry again!
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5/13/2016 12:15:20Kyle Schwabjkschwab1@cox.netBaton Rouge, LA, 70808Private Recreational AnglerI implore those in charge of making this decision NOT to remove the sunset provision in sector separation. There needs to be a careful and thorough review of this program prior to any extension. The recreational snapper angler is, once again, being starved of his rights in this process. This situation is unfair to the recreational angler. If we are concerned about the snapper population, limit those harvesting large amounts of fish per trip-commercial fisherman first, then charter captains.
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5/13/2016 12:16:59John Discongarydiscon@att.netmetairie. La 70005Private Recreational AnglerThe Snapper Regulations in effect currently are garbage! It is a disgrace to manage this system for just a select few. A 9 day season is a joke and has been a joke!! Typically the weather would cut the days in half and then you would need to be able to take off work to go most days.
Last year I was able to go day!!!
The commercial fishing sector needs to go or follow what we have available as recreationals.
If not then cancel all fishing of RED Snapper!!!!
Someone is making money off of this illegally!! I would start with the governing body!!
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5/13/2016 12:17:34Allen Beardbeardla@gmail.comTallahassee, FL 32301Private Recreational AnglerI'm demanding that the Council honor it's commitment to a three-year sunset provision on sector separation under Amendment 40.

The sunset provision on Amendment 40 was designed to allow managers an opportunity to observe the effects of this unprecedented program and evaluate if it deserves to continue. There is NO rational reason to remove it after a single year - the effort to do so is simply to ensure that the program produced by a broken federal fisheries management system is impossible to reverse.
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5/13/2016 12:19:38Randall Sharprandyshar@gmail.comGulf BreezePrivate Recreational AnglerAmendment 40 is a 3 year plan that allows you to continue it if after review you deem it to be a wokable solution. Please don't remove the sunset provision as you really do need to review this plan after 3 years.

Thanks,
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5/13/2016 12:19:52Craig Mathernecraig.matherne@yahoo.com70070Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-HireThe Council needs to abide by the commitment of the sunset provision, as the sector separation is not working. We have more red snapper in the northern gulf then in the 70's. There should be a much larger rec. season. Everyone knows NOAA's count is not correct by 500%. Let's get real and enjoy, and manage our resource.
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5/13/2016 12:21:10Gene Schwallgeneschwall@gmail.comKaty, TX, 77450Private Recreational AnglerI vehemently disagree with the effort to remove the sunset provision regarding the current red snapper allocation. More time is needed for evaluation before finalizing the allocation system. This is a grave disservice to private anglers that pay the majority of taxes and provide more economic activity than charter and commercial fishing. This is an affront to a majority of citizens.
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5/13/2016 12:24:22Charles Yanezchas.y@icloud.comHouston,TX 77094Private Recreational AnglerAgainst the provision for a 9 day for private vs 46 day for charter snapper season. Charter boats (both offshore and onshore) are hurting the fisheries.
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5/13/2016 12:25:58Troy DanosTroydanos@cox.netMarreroPrivate Recreational AnglerWhat a slap in the face to the average fisherman snapper season has become.....there are more red snapper here than ever before....we catch them almost every cast and many released die while we MUST try for other species due to regulations......we are losing respect for YOU
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5/13/2016 12:26:24Barry Bowmanbarrybowman@icloud.comCrystal River, Fl 34428Private Recreational AnglerWhy is it that recreational anglers always get the short end of the stick? Your rulings always seem to favor commercial interests. Case in point Red Snapper seasons. Please revisit this with an eye towards fairness.
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5/13/2016 12:27:23William B Morgan Jr.bmorgan@grandecom.net79704Private Recreational AnglerI certainly hope the lawsuit filed by the CCA to over turn Amendment 40 is a success.I think the recreational fishermen should form a movement to boycott the charter/for-hire snapper fishing industry.A few seasons with no to few customers might get their attention.
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5/13/2016 12:29:47Larry Glynn Owenslgowens@utmb.eduHitchcock, Texas 77563Private Recreational AnglerThe Gulf Of Mexico Fishery Management Council Needs to honor their commitment to the three-year sunset provision on sector separation.
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5/13/2016 12:30:59Michael David Boswelltrpaint@hotmail.comSan Angelo, Texas 76904Private Recreational AnglerThe federal management system is corrupt and needs to be dismantled then turned over to each state!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5/13/2016 12:37:24WILLIAM HAPPELwrhappel@yahoo.comLakeway, TX 78734Private Recreational AnglerThe disproportionate allocation of the red snapper fishery at the expense of the general public, the recreational fishermen, is indefensible and an insult to your constituency. Elimination of the sunset provision after one year is no less egregious.
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5/13/2016 12:39:17William Stein III MD PhDwstein1@uno.eduMetairie, LA 70005Private Recreational Angler, OtherHaving read the amendment, there is no good reason to delete the sunset provision. It was adopted with good reason in the original amendment and should remain unchanged. The value of sector separation on fisheries, fishers, and local economies is a battle for another day.
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5/13/2016 12:39:17Kyle Trusgnichkyle.trusgnich@gmail.comPrivate Recreational AnglerIt is absolutely absurd to seek the removal of the sunset provision after just one year of the new management process. While I disagree with the entire sector separation decision, it would effectively silence and remove any dissidents from the evaluation process which goes against the democratic values this country values. I strongly oppose the removal of the sunset provision.
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5/13/2016 12:39:22Ron Thomasronthemonn@gmail..comAistinPrivate Recreational AnglerSector Separation is ridiculous. If anything, it should be recreational fishermen with a longer season.
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5/13/2016 12:39:54George R Bolingbolin@comcast.netHouston TX 77056Private Recreational AnglerSunset provisions contained within laws, rules, or regulations are there for the specific purpose of providing an opportunity for review, and to allow for the revision, improvement, or elimination of the said law, rule, or regulation. They do no harm, but simply allow for the review. To remove this provision is unconscionable and invites an expensive and unnecessary lawsuit.
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5/13/2016 12:40:12Robert H Walls Jr.rwallsjr@yahoo.comSan Antonio, TX 78212Private Recreational AnglerI am fed up with the constant scheming, manipulation and corruption with the federal fisheries management system, and I join others to demand that the Council honor its commitment to the three-year sunset provision on sector separation - Amendment 40 Sector Separation. This is ridiculous - you guys didn't even wait a full year until flip flopping on this.
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5/13/2016 12:40:54Richard Despaultrdespault@satx.rr.comSan Antonio, TX 78239Private Recreational AnglerThe Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is doing a grave injustice to the recreational fishery industry. It is an industry that brings a multitude of money to the various coastal communities that support recreational fishing. It is appalling that your considering another 9 day season on Red Snapper to be a fair and equal division of resources. First of all, the bycatch of shrimping and industrial fishing is a greater loss to the fishery than the recreational fisherman. Then to split the recreational quota unequally with the for hire group proves that your really not concerned with the number of fish caught as you are with appeasing the commercial fisherman. The recreational fisherman catches a fewer number of snapper than the for hire group simply because we don't have access or the availability of time to go fishing. Its past time that you quit playing favorites and divide the available resource equally or more in tune to the number of fishermen in each group. This is a public resource and should be divided more equally.
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5/13/2016 12:41:28Katherine L Phillipskat.phillips@hotmail.comPearland TX 77581Private Recreational AnglerI agree with the CCA. Please don't delete the Sunset Provision to Amendment 40. There are so many outside influences to the fishery that the US doesn't control and being able to study the effects for 3 years makes sense. If Amendment 40 needs to be renewed, then do so in 3 years.

Thank you,
Kathy
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5/13/2016 12:42:58Bryan Reedbreed@glenntech.comHouston, TX 77070Private Recreational AnglerThe disparity of this law is criminal at best. The recreational angler provides more economic return to the local communities per capita. It appears that whenever "Federal" is in any name, you can bet it is corrupt!
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5/13/2016 12:44:04Gerald L. Weissgweiss@austin.rr.comAustin, Texas 78750Private Recreational AnglerI can't believe you are trying to stop the individual fisherman in favor of commercial interests! Why not let the individual fisherman have a share as great as the others?
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5/13/2016 12:45:00James BrittonJamie4123@aol.comPort o Connor, Tx 77982Private Recreational AnglerI support the three year sunset provision on the sector separation concerning snapper. Thanks in advance for your support, James Britton
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5/13/2016 12:45:03Henry C Jamesseajames1@msn.comLand O Lakes,Fl 34639Private Recreational AnglerThis stealing of my fish must stop. I want my piece of the pie that has been taken away from me a little piece at a time.
9 days for me is ridiculous !!

James
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5/13/2016 12:47:24Brian Dunnbrianddunn@gmail.comSt Pete, 33711Private Recreational AnglerThis limits our access to Gulf Snapper for our children. We cannot always get our kids out of school during this severely limited 9 day period. I and many others urge you to reconsider the Amendment 40 separation.

"NOAA Fisheries announced last week that the 2016 red snapper season in federal waters will be just nine days while the charter/for-hire sector will have a 46-day season due to Amendment 40 - Sector Separation."
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5/13/2016 12:55:54Kyle Happelkhappel@msn.comMetairie, LA 70001Private Recreational AnglerAs one of many gulf coast recreational anglers, I oppose recreational sector separation and am strongly in favor of allowing the sunset provision to abolish this policy. As implemented, sector separation simply reallocates a public resource into private hands -- for-profit charter fishermen. It is unfair that a public resource has been allowed to be rationed to charter fisherman at the expense of the recreational fishing public. Regardless of this pay-for-allocation's gross neglect of the general recreational fishing cohort, Significantly more per-pound economic activity is generated by private anglers. I urge the council to allow the sunset provision to stand.
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5/13/2016 13:05:25Tekora Handyteki_alex@yahoo.comCrosbyPrivate Recreational Angler, OtherWe want our recreation fishing.
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5/13/2016 13:06:28Alvin Bergeracb78132@yahoo.comAransas Pass TX 78336Private Recreational AnglerIt is not only unfair to give charter boats much longer seasons than Private Recreational Anglers but it is all so not equality in treatment of individual rights. The Regulation needs to be changed.
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5/13/2016 13:16:34leann collinsleanncollins29@gmail.comaustin, TX 78752Private Recreational Anglerthe Council needs to honor its commitment to a three-year sunset provision on sector separation. The problem with the struggle of the fish numbers is not the recreational angler, or the charter/headboat for hire; but the commercial fishing that needs to be reined in. Maybe need to alternate years they can fish and give the fish a chance to replenish.
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5/13/2016 13:36:00Kory Riccariccakory@gmail.comGonzales, La, 70737Private Recreational AnglerI support the CCA and their efforts to manage our coastal resources. The CCA has proven to be effective in all that their achievements. It appears to be clear to all fisherman that anyone in opposition of the CCA are in opposition based on personal goals that are not driven by the conservation the resources that make Louisiana great.
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5/13/2016 13:37:33Donovan Shiadshia@hotmail.comCorpus Christi, TX 78418Private Recreational AnglerI am completely against the current corrupt federal management system of Red Snapper. The current red snapper season in federal waters should be same quota and season as in State waters.

In addition the Sector Separation scheme is completely unfair to both private anglers and the red snapper population. There is No rational reason to remove the sunset provision on Amendment 40 after a single year and with no evaluation of it's effects.

Please turn over management of these resources to someone more competent.

Thank you,
Donovan Shia
Corpus Christi
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5/13/2016 13:42:06Chester Kroegerchester@fudpucker.comDestin, Florida 32541Private Recreational AnglerI cannot believe that the 2016 red snapper season in federal waters will be just nine days while the charter/for-hire sector will have a 46-day season due to Amendment 40 - Sector Separation. This is BLATENTLY unfair and as a recreational angler I am flat out ANGRY!

I am also appalled that the charter/for hire sector is pushing the council to eliminate the "sunset provision". Kindly DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!

I have been fishing for 56 years - since my father first took me out when I was 4 years old. I have often applauded the changes made to "manage" fish stocks, but this SNAPPER MESS is OUTRAGEOUS.

Please do not let SPECIAL INTERESTS rule the day AGAIN.

When the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to approve Amendment 40 and split for-hire operators into a separate sector with a percentage of the recreational quota of red snapper to use as its own, the proposal included a "sunset provision" that automatically ends the controversial system after three years unless the Gulf Council takes action to extend it. Proponents of sector separation are now seeking to remove the sunset provision entirely after a single year!

The sunset provision on Amendment 40 was designed to allow managers an opportunity to observe the effects of this unprecedented program and evaluate if it deserves to continue. There is NO rational reason to remove it after a single year - the effort to do so is simply to ensure that the program produced by a broken federal fisheries management system is impossible to reverse.
not believe that the council has voted to
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5/13/2016 13:43:54M D Bryantbigunbryant@yahoo.comTexas City, Tx 77590Private Recreational AnglerPlease honor your 3 year commitment to the Sunset provision
As agreed! The State of Texas should have the control over the resources that border our waters. Our State has an excellent record on all wildlife conservation. If not for the recreational fishermen in the Great State of Texas, we would be looking at a dismal future in fishing on the Gulf Coast of Texas!
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5/13/2016 13:46:31Dale Brittaindalebrittain@gmail.comSpring, TX 77379Private Recreational AnglerAs a recreational angler, I am fed up with the constant scheming and corruption with the federal management system for red snapper. This move to remove the Sunset Provision of the Red Snapper Sector Separation is the latest example of how corrupt your department is.

Do not vote to remove the sunset provision.
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5/13/2016 13:48:55Skip SchexnayderSkip_1099@bellsouth.net70508Private Recreational AnglerMaking a move on the 3 year sunset provision after only one year is a disgrace and plainly illustrates the councils bias against recreational anglers. As always you show your colors and are unconcerned that the majority of public opinion is opposed to your actions. Unelected individuals who rule like kings...
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5/13/2016 13:49:20John H. PinderPointwilly@aol.comWinter Park, FL. 32789Private Recreational AnglerENOUGH GAMES, PLEASE!!
Their is no reason to remove the Sunset Clause associated with Amendment 4 - Sector Separation. There was a reason why you approved it for three years! I see no reason to make your unfair decision Permanent! Further, I see no reason why you see fit to punish the Recreational Angler especially when they have such a profound financial impact on our local economies.
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5/13/2016 13:50:10Ralph Shane WhiteRswhiteconstco@gmail.comAustin, TX, 78739Private Recreational AnglerDear Sirs,
I was distraught to learn of the attempt to delete or shorten the sunset provisions of the red snapper sector separation regulations.
It is an obvious back door or end run legal tactic to circumvent the opportunity to exercise sound judgement at a future time. It is unfair to say the least. As a voter and a recreational fisherman, I am beyond my maximum tolerance threshold for getting bullied by the greedy b-----ds who think they should own the ocean.
I am watching, as are many other voters who in fact benefit the coastal economies far more per pound of fish caught than the commercial fishing entities do. And make no mistake, charter and head boats are just another form of commercial fishing.
I strongly urge you to be fair minded , and fact-oriented in any decision making processes.
Thank you,
Shane White. Austin Texas
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5/13/2016 13:51:12Ralph Shane WhiteRswhiteconstco@gmail.comAustin, TX, 78739Private Recreational AnglerDear Sirs,
I was distraught to learn of the attempt to delete or shorten the sunset provisions of the red snapper sector separation regulations.
It is an obvious back door or end run legal tactic to circumvent the opportunity to exercise sound judgement at a future time. It is unfair to say the least. As a voter and a recreational fisherman, I am beyond my maximum tolerance threshold for getting bullied by the greedy b-----ds who think they should own the ocean.
I am watching, as are many other voters who in fact benefit the coastal economies far more per pound of fish caught than the commercial fishing entities do. And make no mistake, charter and head boats are just another form of commercial fishing.
I strongly urge you to be fair minded , and fact-oriented in any decision making processes.
Thank you,
Shane White. Austin Texas
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5/13/2016 13:58:08richard elliottrichardaelliott@att.netFreeport Texas 77541Private Recreational AnglerI can't tell you frustrating it has been for me as a recreational angler to watch the continued privatization of the snapper fishery. I don't think we (recs) ought to be suing to keep the sunset provision, I think we ought to spend our money investigating the corruption behind this with the goal of sending someone to jail !
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5/13/2016 14:00:47Michael Upshawmeupshaw@gmail.comAlvin, Texas, 77511Private Recreational AnglerIt is an abomination that the recreational fisherman, who harvest the smallest number of redfish be limited by commercial interests. It is high time that the individual is allowed to partake equally with those who are only getting wealthy from the natural resources which belong to everyone.
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5/13/2016 14:06:18mark guessmarkguess@sbcglobal.netsan antonio texas 78261Private Recreational AnglerWhy is the season for snapper only 9 days for recreational and 46 days for commercial ? You all need to look at the amount of money recreation fisherman spend vs the commercial fisherman and determine the quota by that. Stop listening to the commercial lobbyist and do what is best for the state and local economies.
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5/13/2016 14:08:45Ros ShirleyRosshirley@comcast.netMonroePrivate Recreational AnglerThis is crazy and has been going on to long. We need to replace everyone sitting on the council. I thought we lived in a free society. It's a crying shame that a recreational fisherman only gets nine days while headboard and commercial get almost fifty. I live in North Louisiana and can't always schedule a trip when the season opens. I have seen first hand how the snapper industry has made a come back. The snapper are so big and plentiful you can't even get a bait past them to bottom fish for other species. Come on guys it's time to start treating us right.
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5/13/2016 14:13:18Nathan Crowencrowe@aol.comSeabrookPrivate Recreational Angler I find it disturbing that after just one year the proponents of Amendment40 are already trying not to honor the three year sunset provision. Stunts like this will always keep the private recreational fishermen distrustful of the NOAA,NMFS and Gulf Council and rightfully so. Private boat owning citizens should not be forced to pay a for-hire charter company or a charter company running trips that sell commercial snapper IFQ (dude trips) to have more than 9 days of access to this fishery. Enough is enough of these government entities operating under the table.

Thank you,
Nathan Crowe
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5/13/2016 14:21:21Regina LawsRlaws9231@sbcglobal.net77379Private Recreational AnglerWhy not a month of weekends only, that way it gives many of us who work during the week to have a weekend or more to fish. One weekend and everyone in the ocean and pray that's it's not an windy weekend because if it is kiss your snapper trip good bye. Just don't get it or maybe I do $$$$!
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5/13/2016 14:21:48Regina LawsRlaws9231@sbcglobal.net77379Private Recreational AnglerWhy not a month of weekends only, that way it gives many of us who work during the week to have a weekend or more to fish. One weekend and everyone in the ocean and pray that's it's not an windy weekend because if it is kiss your snapper trip good bye. Just don't get it or maybe I do $$$$!
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5/13/2016 14:28:14Jennifer Heddlestenjenni.bythesea@gmail.comRockport, TX 78382Private Recreational AnglerThe sunset provision on Amendment 40 was designed to allow managers an opportunity to observe the effects of this unprecedented program and evaluate if it deserves to continue. There is NO rational reason to remove it after a single year - the effort to do so is simply to ensure that the program produced by a broken federal fisheries management system is impossible to reverse.

I am fed up with the constant scheming and corruption with the federal management system, I demand that the Council honor its commitment to a three-year sunset provision on sector separation.
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5/13/2016 14:29:01John SchneiderRedfishfyfish@mac.comPonchatoula, la 70455Private Recreational AnglerPlease start managing the gulf snapper with common sense. Right now it is a joke!
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5/13/2016 14:36:34Theodore C. Flicktedflick@sbcglobal.netHouston, Texas, 77024Private Recreational AnglerThe continued reduction of red snapper fishing season for private recreational fishermen is hurting a large number of people and a substantial portion of the boating and salt water fishing industry. Those who directly and indirectly depend on the sales of the equipment and supplies to fish for snapper in the Gulf are facing smaller and smaller sales.

Recreational fishermen are denied access to a resource owned by them as members of the public because the harvest is now privatized and controlled to distribute the fishery to the very few who benefit from the harvest of the snapper stock.

Almost all fishery experts (independent or otherwise) are of the opinion gulf snapper stocks no longer need the intense level of protection now imposed by the current and proposed harsh restrictions. Even the Council's own experts hold varying opinions on the need to continue the effective bar of the recreational angler from a reasonable and sustainable harvest of this most desirable fish. The scientific basis for continuing to grossly restrict the recreational angler does not exist.

If the Council is of the opinion that in spite of its management activities the resource remains so weak that additional recreational harvest is unsustainable, it should ban all harvest, or at the least all commercial harvest, as is done with water fowl and other wild animals.
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5/13/2016 14:37:37Salvatore Piccolopapapiccolo1@yahoo.com34610Private Recreational AnglerThe council needs to keep it's 3 year commitment to a sunset provision to sector separation
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5/13/2016 14:42:11Dennis W Herddherd01@gmail.comKrum TX 76249Private Recreational AnglerRed Snapper fishing is precious & should be actively secured for future generations.
Manage with a conservative mindset that all are equal - therefore both recreational & commercial Anglers need to be addressed.
Do not mistreat our recreational anglers both present & future!
TX Fishing licenses are on the decline however $ 's benefit with each sale.
Treat this like it's our future & don't spoil this opportunity to mistreat us all!
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5/13/2016 15:01:45Rob J Putnamrob.j.putnam@outlook.comEnglewood, FL 34223Private Recreational AnglerThe recreational Snapper season is already far too limited compared to the commerial season and commercial limits. Everything that I have read indicates that far more money is pumped into both State and Federal coffers via recreational and charter fishing than from commercial ventures. It is only reasonable to run a truly scientific and unbiased study of at least 3 years before changing any more limits on gulf reef resources. Most recreational fisherman are great stewards of their fishing resources and are willing to heed the recommendations that stem from unbiased studies made using scientific methods. Please do not further limit the recreational access to ANY gulf reef fish without absolute proof that the limits are necessary and in everyone's best interest.
Thank You.
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5/13/2016 15:22:35James Hruzekjhruzek@gbhcpas.comHouston, TX 77055Private Recreational AnglerI am adamantly opposed to the sector separation for the management the red snapper fishery. I demand that the Council honor its commitment to a three-year sunset provision on sector separation.
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5/13/2016 15:23:35Todd Zembowertodd@zembower.comLake Charles, LA 70605Private Recreational AnglerI try to step back and look at the big picture in this. I can go to any local seafood restaurant (South Louisiana), and order fresh red snapper. When it comes time for recreational red snapper season, if there are two Saturdays in a row of weather that doesn't permit us to run 25 miles offshore (we aren't able to catch red snapper near shore like many areas), then we've lost all opportunity for the whole year? I'm not sure who's doing the surveys to determine seasons and limits, but any time I fish in the Summer, I throw back more red snapper than anything else. When spearfishing, you really get to see just how strong the red snapper population is off the Louisiana coast. Now, am I to understand that people can "buy" extended seasons by hiring a charter? Politics really make me sick. As a lifelong resident of Louisiana, I feel that I should have just as much (if not more) access to our own (renewable) natural resources. -TEZ
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5/13/2016 15:33:06KevinMulholland77008Private Recreational AnglerWhen the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to approve Amendment 40 and split for-hire operators into a separate sector with a percentage of the recreational quota of red snapper to use as its own, a real travesty to the recreational fishing community was set into place. To remove the sunset provision of that amendment would be the final straw in discriminating most unfairly against the recreational fishing citizens right and fair access to our resources.
Please recognize recreational fisherman, and the vast economic benefit they bring to communities along the gulf coast, as partners in conservation and stop limiting their right and enjoyment to our resources and stop acting in the favor of commercial exploitation.

Kevin Mulholland
Houston TX 77008 ph:281 236 7636
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5/13/2016 15:36:28Jeff Edmundsijeffafa@gmail.com34436Private Recreational AnglerWhen will our Federal government stop pandering to commercial interests at the publics expense. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THE SUNSET PROVISION ON AMENDMENT 40 to be removed. It is incomprehensible that our PUBLIC resources are blatantly given to commercial fisherman and taken away from the taxpayer. THE FEDERAL FISHERIES FOLKS SEEM TO FORGET WHO PAYS THEIR SALERIES.
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5/13/2016 15:36:39Eric Elias Ericeliasmd@gmail.com70508Private Recreational AnglerSector separation makes no logical sense. I can fish on my own boat for nine days one weekend assuming it's calm weather then park my boat go hire a charter and catch my limit every day for rest of season. Then go to rouses and buy all the red snapper I want for the rest of the year. Not to mention while I am snapper fishing killing a bunch of Amber jack and throwing them back behind the boat with there air bladders protruding to get eaten by sharks that I can't keep either. There are more red snapper in the gulf than ever before. I have been fishing out of cypremort point la for over 30 yrs. All these laws are killing the economy and liberty of the American fisherman.
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5/13/2016 15:57:46Sam Bowenbbowen@bnspc.comGulf Shores, AL, 36542Private Recreational AnglerIt is completely unfair for the charter boats and the commercial industry to have the lions share of the fishing for red snapper. I have worked hard my whole life to be able to afford a boat and place to store it and all I get is one weekend to fish for snapper. I have bought numerous reef's as well which are now a waste of money. Every time I fish there is absolutely nothing but red snapper on all of the reefs. It does not matter what bait or rig used, all you catch is snapper. Every time I do go fishing I see the same charter boats fishing and I am sure they do not record all of the days the fish and keep snapper. I have been fishing the gulf for snapper for the last 15 years and I can promise that there has never been this many snapper. The days of catching grouper, amberjack, cobia, trigger fish are gone. I am sure the snapper have overtaken the reef structure and it is damaging the other reef fish. Also, because snapper is outlawed for most of the year the inshore fishing has exploded as those of us who fish for fun and food must look elsewhere. I can truly say that the redfishing and trout fishing has never been so bad as now. It is time to reduce the commercial quota. There are very few of them and they now charge people to ride along and catch snapper with them which is ridiculous. I hope that someone with some common sense will please understand that the recreational sector is the biggest money maker for everyone involved with fishing and change these horrible regulations.
Sam Bowen
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5/13/2016 16:05:26Dana Ryaneldano@att.netLago Vista, Texas 78645Private Recreational AnglerI am a staunch supporter of Conservation of our fisheries whether it be Red Snapper, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder or any other fish species, we have yo protect them from over harvest from all sectors.
I feel it is time to fold NOAA Fisheries as they are clearly on the side of
the commercial fishers and could care less about conservation let alone
bag limits. NOAA FISHERIES HAS RUN ITS COURSE.
Lets support conservation and protect our waters from over harvesting our fisheries.
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5/13/2016 16:47:43Albert F Haasahaas@theorthogroup.comMobile, Al 36608Private Recreational AnglerPlease enter my voice as one who opposes sector separation for the red snapper fishery and especially the extension of this unfair and illogical addition to the mismanagement of our fishery. I began my career in fishing offshore as a young teenager and fished four seasons as a charter boat mate prior to going to medical school. As such i have fished (including spearfishing) for 50 years in the northern gulf. What is transpiring with the federal management of red snapper is nothing short of a travesty. If 100% of your anglers who actually experience this fishery tell you your data is grossly incorrect it is time someone listens and makes a change. The current plan robs the coast of recreational enjoyment as well as millions, if not billions of dollars in revenue.It is mind boggling to see the discrepancy in the reality of what we see daily while fishing and what federal data is used to regulate the engine that drives our coastal economy.
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5/13/2016 17:08:18Terry Hodgesask4terryh@yahoo.comLafayette,LA,70508Private Recreational AnglerIf this law stays on the books I will NEVER take another charter/for hire fishing trip of any kind for any type of fish, period. Costa Rica is looking better and better! Simply just NOT fair to many friends of mine who share the same sentiment towards all charter trips. The world has gone crazy and now charter fishermen have joined the madness!!
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5/13/2016 17:12:59Salvatore Piccolopapapiccolo1@yahoo.com34610Private Recreational AnglerThe council needs to keep it's 3 year commitment to a sunset provision to sector separation
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5/13/2016 17:36:38Anthony Manfreomega4027@sbcglobal.netBrenham, TX 77833Private Recreational AnglerTO Governing Members of Gulf Fishery Council:
NOAA Fisheries announced last week that the 2016 red snapper season in federal waters will be just nine days while the charter/for-hire sector will have a 46-day season due to Amendment 40 - Sector Separation. I object to this ruling as being completely insensitive to the recreational angler, who are citizens of this great country and states, who equally share in the ownership of the Gulf of Mexico fishing stock. This is a decisive move to endow the commercial segment of our society with the bounty of the Gulf and completely unfairly remove the sharing of this bounty with the recreational angler. This is governing by edict and not by representation to share the fishery with the majority of its citizens. Please resend this Amendment 40.
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5/13/2016 17:49:46Daniel MecheDanmeche56@gmail.comDayton, Texas, 77535-6568Private Recreational AnglerLeave my fishing recreation alone. If anything how about curbing the charters... I want to go fishing more than 9 days a season!!!
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5/13/2016 17:50:19Clive RoeIclive@vecoprinting.comWeslaco, Texas 78596Private Recreational AnglerDO NOT recind the sunset provision. Keep it in there so that you can make an honest assessment of the fishery. On year is NOT enough.
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5/13/2016 18:01:26John CzerwinskiJohnskicz@att.netSpring, tx 77373Private Recreational AnglerThe recreational fishing industry is a multibillion dollar industry along the gulf coast. The recreational fisherman get's a nine day season with one weekend to catch snapper. Last year I was able to get out one day and catch my two fish limit. The year before the weather conditions would not let me get out, so I caught none.

I saw on TV where the commercial fisherman went out and caught 15,000 lbs. in two days. They were catching ten fish at a time. There is no shortage of Snapper in the Gulf !!! The greedy commercial fisherman and the charter boat captain was all of the bounty for themselves.

This fishery is mismanaged, and does not allow everyone to share in the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico. The recreational fisherman needs help to get their fair share of the bounty. Please help!!!
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5/13/2016 18:02:23Frank Chasefchase@frankchase.comBrandon, MS 39047Private Recreational AnglerAs I will be unable to attend the scheduled meetings on this issue I would like to go on record that I feel it is a mistake to end or limit the sunset provision.
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5/13/2016 18:17:05tom kilgorebuytexas@aol.comcueroPrivate Recreational AnglerBack off the recreational angler and stop with the over harvest by the commercial interest(both guides for hire and the commercial fisherman). It is abundantly clear that you have sold yourself to the lobbyist. The feds have lost all credibility with me. We will win in the end.
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5/13/2016 18:40:10Mike Osgoodmike@osgoodassoc.comCove, TX 77523Private Recreational AnglerThe latest atrocity committed against private recreational anglers with regard to the 2016 Red Snapper season is solid evidence of the corruption inherent in the federal management system. How do you guys continue to get away with this? You should all be in prison. But I guess that's how it goes with this government, particularly under this administration. Line the right pockets with a sufficient amount of money and grease the skids for whatever one-sided legislation you want to have passsed. I sincerely hope that enough rec anglers engage in civil disobedience so as to shed public attention on this matter to effect real change. You guys have put so many folks out of business with your efforts at "managing" a public resource....you'll surely be up for a cush lame duck presidential appointment from Obama himself. Nice job.
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5/13/2016 18:43:38John Lawrence Williamslawrencew1@aol.comNew Orleans, LA 70125Private Recreational AnglerBan the harvest of all snapper, both commercial and recreational, for three years and restore the fishery. In fifty years it has been decimated by commercial interests.
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5/13/2016 19:29:28Carter Youngcypet1@aol.comPort Isabel,Texas 78578Private Recreational AnglerI am opposed to termination of the sunset provision for the Red Snapper Recreational Sector Separation. This was designed to provide information for future management decisions regarding this important recreational stock. This experiment was not meant to be a permanent regulation but rather a tool to provide data. I strongly oppose the termination of the sunset provision.
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5/13/2016 20:12:05Andrew Foxaggiefox@gmail.comRichmond, TX 77407Private Recreational AnglerRecreational anglers should have a chance to fish for snapper. If you visit other countries they are more fair towards the average fisherman.
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5/13/2016 21:38:18Dwayne Chapmanbairdsiding@gmail.comMindenPrivate Recreational AnglerPlease let Amendment 45 do its job. The Sunset Provision is a good thing for recreational fishermen.
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5/13/2016 21:51:31Jerry Albertjerry_albert@bellsouth.netJeanerettePrivate Recreational AnglerI am totally in favor of overturning Amendment 40. It is totally unfair
to the recreational angler. I pay taxes like everybody else and I want
to be able to fish as many days as the Charters and Commercial Fishers.
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5/13/2016 22:06:26Locke BarberDoclockeb@aol.com34685Private Recreational AnglerI feel I am completely disenfranchised from being able to participate in catching red snapper. I fish regularly but I also work full time. So that means I get off shore 1-3 times a month. It is totally unfair to me as a regular but not full time fisherman I am essentially never able to fish for red snapper a plentiful gulf fish. Since I like I suspect most recreational angles work week days we have 2 days we can fish for red snapper. Meanwhile the commercial fishery can basically rape the gulf of these fish year round and the charter fleet has 70 plus days to fish for them. The recreational harvest has to be minuscule compared to the commercial and charter fleet harvest. I personally harvest less then my limit of any fish because it is only for my own personal consumption. If I fished year round for snapper my total harvest would be maybe 20 fish. We are not the problem. Sunset the law re-write it so it is fair to all concerned rather then the 50 commercial guys raping the system. Thank you
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5/13/2016 22:54:23Charles Hungerfordrickh1353@yahoo.comTarpon SpringsPrivate Recreational AnglerI remember back when it was rare to catch Red Snapper off west central Florida, Now they have are overly abundant and they have 9 day seasons for recreational anglers, and what are commercial quotas? It is so ridiculously lopsided I quite fishing !!! I'm done and these people who asses stocks have no clue who catches what! I have caught thousands of Grouper and Snapper and no one ever weighed my catch!!! I am all for conservation but I can only catch 18 snapper per year and commercial boats catch upwards of 5,000 pounds per day this is plain wrong!!!
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5/13/2016 23:41:07Kim Gardner kim.matous@yahoo.comEnnis, TX. 75119Private Recreational AnglerPlease keep the sunset provision. This is the only way we will get a chance to have our voices heard on the issue.
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5/13/2016 23:51:10Kyle Schwabjkschwab1@cox.netBaton Rouge, LA, 70808Private Recreational AnglerI implore those in charge of making this decision NOT to remove the sunset provision in sector separation. There needs to be a careful and thorough review of this program prior to any extension. The recreational snapper angler is, once again, being starved of his rights in this process. This situation is unfair to the recreational angler. If we are concerned about the snapper population, limit those harvesting large amounts of fish per trip-commercial fisherman first, then charter captains.
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5/14/2016 1:59:53Dana A Baldwinjustkeyin@aol.comBaytown Texas 77521Private Recreational AnglerPlease help the recreational fishermen in their right to enjoy a national treasure.. fishing for fantastic red snapper. We are being shut out of a public owned resource!! To limit it to a " for hire and for profit business" is not in the best interest of every one involved. One weekend is all the working recreational fisherman has to fish. Unless the weather shuts us down. This is a total injustice!! Please do what is right and stop this greedy money grab politics. I thank you for the opportunity to talk with you. Dana Baldwin. Please Give us a realistic quota and a realistic extended season.
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5/14/2016 2:58:52Luke Primroselukeprimrosesf@gmail.comSanta Fe Texas 77510Private Recreational AnglerI urge the Council to honor its commitment to the three-year sunset provision. To do otherwise would further alienate the Council from ever being nothing more in my mind than a hired service for those who seek to take public resources out of reach for the common person, such as myself and my family, and into the hands of a privileged few who benefit from this resource with next to no compensation to the public coffers such as royalties and lease payments as other industries pay for such opportunities.
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5/14/2016 7:04:18Neil Rameysramey8184@gmail.comTrussvilleOtherIt's breaking the law to make laws to protect the fishing industry for financial prosperity.
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5/14/2016 7:58:39Dominic Simonenick.simone@comcast.netBOKEELIAPrivate Recreational AnglerI am fed up with the constant scheming and corruption with the federal management system. The rules should be the same for for both recreational and charter boats. Amendment 40 should be overturned.
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5/14/2016 10:06:10Meredith Cronin Cronin3925@yahoo.comFort Myers, fl 33908Private Recreational AnglerWould the lawmakers who got bribed from the commercial red snapper fisherman please explain why the hard working citizens who pay there salary are allowed the keep red snapper 2% of the year. Red snapper are the most common by catch in 140ft of water plus off fort Myers. It's amusing the federal government thinks they know about the gulf of mexicos fishery. Like they care.
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5/14/2016 10:39:26Hank portelehankportele@gmail.comCorpus ChristiPrivate Recreational AnglerThe original "Sunset Provision" should be honored. Let the chips fall where they may. Recreational fishermen are getting a raw deal.
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