Mackerel Amendment 29 - Utilization of Uncaught King Mackerel Quota & AMs
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8/11/2016 11:34:31Test 123test123@gmail.comTest, FL 55555
Private Recreational Angler
this is a test
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8/11/2016 11:41:29Test 2test2@gmail.comtest, FL 55555Commercial Fisheranother test
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11/16/2016 8:18:08Aaron SmithNostuk@yahoo.comFt Walton Bch FL 32548
Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
I believe that the way the system is unfair to permit holders that only fish in there local area. The council should make all permit holders declare a zone to fish in. This year we had 45 days to catch our quota,this is unfair.


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11/16/2016 15:23:57Marcus Kennedymarcus@synfab.comMobile, AL, 36608
Private Recreational Angler
I urge the council to choose Alternative 1 which is to maintain the current rec/comm allocation of king mackerel and DO NOT redistribute unused recreational quota to the commercial sector. The NMFS statement that recreational king mackerel quotas have not been attained and that rec king catches have decreased in recent years should not be considered evidence of decreased interest in catching recreational king mackerel. My extensive personal observations in the N Gulf have been of a reduced availability of king mackerel. In recent years there has also been a significant reduction in king mackerel tournaments and a reduction in participation in the few king tournaments that are still occurring. This is due in part to the reduced availability of kings in the N Gulf resulting in reduced success in catching kings. Further, although other alternatives have conditions that should minimize the chance that the redistribution of unused quota would result in an increased chance of an in-season closure of recreational king mackerel fishing they do not guarantee it.
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11/16/2016 17:07:11Robert Brownpvfd514@gmail.comMontgomery AL
Private Recreational Angler
I like Alternative 1 the recreational angler is already hammered with short seasons and tight limits on almost everything. I know it says the "Unused Recreational Quota" but it will not be long before they say "We messed up and the commercial guys went over last year so we are going to have to cut the recreational guys this year." It is already way over regulated as it is LEAVE IT ALONE!!!!!!!!
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11/28/2016 21:22:37Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 21:40:20Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 21:55:54Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 21:56:35Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 21:56:58Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 21:58:13Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:00:49Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:00:58Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:02:52Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:03:23Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:05:36Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:06:30Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:07:13Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:07:52Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:08:28Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:09:07Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:09:45Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:10:22Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:10:56Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:11:32Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:12:06Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:12:38Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:14:21Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:18:23Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:18:49Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:20:12Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:22:05Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:23:00Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:23:47Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/28/2016 22:24:00Charles coneccone2@comcast.netPort St. Lucie fl 34986
Private Recreational Angler, Other
I been king fishing in excess of twenty years in North Carolina , Florida, and Mississippi and each year the quantity and average size as declined. Not once in all the years have I been asked about the number or any anything else concerned no kng mackerel by fishery officials. In NC the limit is three per person and two in Florida while commercial fishman are taken thousands of pounds in these states. Who do think is the blame for the decline in quantity and size?
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11/29/2016 8:20:58Michael collins
Mikec@contenderboats.com
NSB, Fl 32269
Private Recreational Angler
I've been fishing for over 50 years and still fish the SKA tournament series in no way is fishing better now -- please don't committ
A tradgey and allow more commercial fishing to ruin the recreational side of already depleted species

Mike Collins
Contender Boats
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11/29/2016 11:24:49Kenneth Steegken@ksteeg.comLargo
Private Recreational Angler
There is no economic or demographic analysis attached to what is being called a "soft" allocation shift, and this effort comes less than four months after NOAA Fisheries proudly announced the release of its new Fisheries Allocation Review Policy that, among other things, describes potential criteria for reviewing fisheries allocations.

Please provide an adequate review with full documentation of the impacts. Shortcuts yield shortsighted results...
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11/29/2016 11:28:14James Collierjwclawyer@yahoo.comCape Coral, FL 33914
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
PLEASE DO NOT SHIFT THE KINGFISH CATCH SHARE TO THE COMMERCIAL GUYS!!!!!!

Today it's hard to get even a couple of kingfish in the Gulf off the Ft. Myers area even when you target them for half a day or longer. When the commercial guys get a shot at increasing their catch share, the recreational catch gets decreased even further. Please do not give the commercial fishers a larger share of the few kingfish we still have here. Thanks for the chance to comment. Jim Collier
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11/29/2016 11:37:30george patanegaph2or@bellsouth.net
west palm beach florida
Private Recreational Angler
if there is left fish stock, let it be. More reproduction of the species would be a good event. Remember the Chinese are knocking on our part of the world,
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11/29/2016 11:39:37Andrew Shultz
andrewshultz@hotmail.com
Brandon, FL, 33510
Private Recreational Angler
No where for a recreational angler to submit his catches, so how do you know what we are catching?
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11/29/2016 11:57:09Capt. Bill Fauth
luremefish@yahoo.com
St. Augustine, FL. 32080
Private Recreational Angler
I'm not sure how they know that the private recreation angler is not catching the quota for king fish? But as far as giving anything to the commercial guys, don't they get enough? Remember past few years with fuel prices they way they were not many recreational anglers were not that active in king fish tournaments. Those numbers are known. I say leave them alone for now and see if any recreational quota's rebound.

Capt. Bill
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11/29/2016 12:06:40Carl Figinicarlfigini@gmail.comHollywood Fl 33020
Private Recreational Angler
Show us the facts before doing anything
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11/29/2016 12:11:09Ian D Roessian.roess@gmail.com
Saint Petersburg, Fl. 33713
Private Recreational Angler
Need to keep the government out our fishing lives.
Thank You.
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11/29/2016 13:09:28 MIchael Burke
mburke80@tampabay.rr.com
Inverness, Fl 34450
Private Recreational Angler
Instead of allowing the King Mackerel to flourish and get stronger, the AMENDMENT will give the excess to Commercial Fishermen? This way in 5 years, the fishery will be depleted and lower quotas will be assigned to Rec Fishermen. Does not make sense.

You also have to consider red tide etc affecting the fish. Not just commercial fishery. As stated in an Eastwood movie Outlaw Josie Wales, "Leave them be!"
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11/29/2016 13:35:32CAPT. TIM SIMOSILIV4FISH@AOL.COMFORT PIERCE, FL 34949
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
THE BAG LIMIT IS TOO SMALL FOR THE RECREATIONAL SECTOR. IT IS UNFAIR TO ALLOW SO MUCH FOR THE COMMERCIAL. IT IS HARD TO JUSTIFY TARGETING KINGS AT ONE PER PERSON PER DAY. I AM OFTEN OUT THERE BY MYSELF . . . AND CAN ONLY KEEP ONE. I FEEL THAT FOR THE REC. SECTOR, IT SHOULD BE 3-4 PER BOAT OR TWO PER PERSON PER DAY, WHICHEVER IS LESS.
IF YOU WANT THE REC. SECTOR TO CATCH MORE MACKEREL, THEN INCREASE THE REC. SECTOR BAG LIMIT.
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11/29/2016 14:06:42Paul harveyPhfish1@gmail.comSarasota fl 34241
Private Recreational Angler
Any change to allocation should be based on scientific data.
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11/29/2016 14:11:11Robin Leonard
Eobinleonard47@comcast.net
Punt Gorda FL 33955
Private Recreational Angler
This is crazy. We recreational anglers have been stampeeded over to much ny national and fed fisheries. This is not even something that should be a discussion. what are you people thinking? 🙄
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11/29/2016 14:35:56Roy Shutershute@icebev.netSeminole, FL 33777
Private Recreational Angler
HOW STUPID CAN THESE PEOPLE BE? YOU WANT TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN TO INCREASE THEIR TAKE OF THIS FISH BECAUSE THE RECREATIONAL ANGLER DIDN'T CATCH THEIR LIMIT. ARE YOU TRYING TO WIPEOUT THE FISHERY? USE YOUR HEAD INSTEAD OF THE POCKETBOOK. NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO SOMETHING AS STUPID AS THIS.
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11/29/2016 15:59:12Richard Appell
rappell2571@hotmail.com
Venice, Fl. 34293,
Private Recreational Angler
As a Florida native I do not believe there is any benefit to shift the recreational quota to the commercial sector. I would rather see the recreational quota not reached and saved for the following years increasing the breading stock of the fish. To shift to Commercial has no value whatsoever and again is an attempt by the money hungry lobbyist to take away my fishing ability. Lets drain the swamp in Florida of these lobbyist and money hungry diggers for a change.
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11/29/2016 15:59:42Steve Krivokopich
Steve.krivokopich@gmail.com
Stuart, Fl. 34997
Private Recreational Angler
As a recreational angler, I find it appalling that you would consider transferring kingfish allocations to commercial interests because recreational anglers didn't harvest their quota. After a couple years of reallocation the commercial interests would consider this permanent and scream that you were taking away their livelihood if you tried to reinstate the current quotas.
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11/29/2016 16:24:23SHARON WINGLEWICH
swinglewich@gmail.com
DOVER
Private Recreational Angler
F it I am keeping everything and will pay the fine if I am caught. So tired of being honest and getting less....
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11/29/2016 16:36:00Leigh Smith
chipsmith@dependablegage.net
Tequesta
Private Recreational Angler
Whoa! Transferring the uncaught recreational quota to the commercial harvesters is certainly NOT in the spirit of conservation and stock building. The quotas represent the highest desirable harvest, not the minimum we are striving for. Let the quota stand, and as the population grows, there will be a higher, healthy, quota for all. Passing up the opportunity to not max out the combined quota is looking a gift horse in the mouth!
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11/29/2016 16:59:08Harold McFarland IIImacmcf3@gmail.com34239
Private Recreational Angler
One only has to look at the red snapper mess and the unfair
allotment. We do not want a similar situation happening with
the king mackerel, once done its very hard to change.
Thank you for your time,
HMcF
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11/29/2016 17:57:01Doug westlakeDfwme1967@yahooOtherIt is an absolute slap in the face to any recreational angler to give a resource away to commercial interests just because as responsible fishermen we don't rape and pillage our " allocation" of the resource. We as fishermen actually own the resource and only we should be giving the resource away to commercial interests,my question is this do we get anything if we don't "redeem " all of our allocation, if no then no commercial interests shouldn't be given any extra .
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11/29/2016 18:03:26Glenn Woottongw@iicuri.comBOCA RATON
Private Recreational Angler
This King Mackerel allocation should not be increased for the commercial take. Let's give the population a chance to grow.
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11/29/2016 19:15:50Dave Cooper
dcooperstore@hotmail.com
Coconut Creek, Fl 33073
Private Recreational Angler
The unused portion of the recreational anglers is added insurance for a healthy fishery for the future.

Please do not reallocate this recreational portion to commercial fishers. They will surely wipe out this additional fish allocation simply due to greed. They will never get enough. This logic is evidenced by the fact that you need to put quotas on this stock to prevent their eradication.
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11/29/2016 20:13:38Warner Fosterjwkillntime@gmail.com32405
Private Recreational Angler
It is unbelievable you would consider taking a portion of the King Mackerel allocation from recreational anglers and give it to the commercial interest. First of all, as of today, recreational anglers can only keep two King Mackerel per day. Which screams (according to NOAA) they are over fished and inneed of rebuilding. Common sense says, leave King Mackerel as it is and let the stock rebuild. Also, King Mackerel seem to cycle, meaning there are more one year than the next. Also, weather has a tremendous impact on the number caught. For example, Summer 2016 saw five straights weeks of South Winds of 15 or more knots. The average recreational fishermen can't normally fish in that kind of wind.
Do Not Change The Allocation.
Thank You,
Warner
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11/30/2016 6:48:32Nathan KingNmking09@aol.com32578
Private Recreational Angler
In what messed up world are you guys living in? You have shut down or limited recreational fishing opportunities every chance you get. Why are you not raising the recreational limit for king mackerel to three or four fish? This is outright corruption and again demonstrates how you have no consideration for the average angler. I really hope you all are soon replaced or at least begin to better value the economic impact to your systematic elimination of recreational fishing opportunities.
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11/30/2016 8:22:07John Phillipsrebel128@yahoo.comBradenton Fl. 34208
Private Recreational Angler
I can't believe this would even be considered. What a way to destroy a fishery. And your job is management?
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11/30/2016 8:40:43Captain Dave Wright
Captaindavewright@gmail.com
34229
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Don't let the commercial fisherman damage the King fishing. Look what has happened with Red Snapper season for sportsman! Commercial fishing ( and their by-catch) harms the whole fish population. All for money...the Washington people do not accurately monitor or enforce commercial fishing or fish populations.
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11/30/2016 10:13:03william d miller
bill_miller51@hotmail.com
tampa, florida. 33629
Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
I think this Mackerel Amendment 29 is totally reasonable. If a managed quota is not met by one of the user groups then it should be transferred for use to the other group.
As long as the total catch quota is not gone over it will not hurt the stock.
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11/30/2016 10:34:00Charles Granacharlieg50@yahoo.comFort Myers
Private Recreational Angler
You just have to wonder if the Gulf Council and at times NOAA Fisheries isn't stacked with commercial fishermen. A majority of the times there's a rule change the recreational fisherman is being stepped on while the commercial people gain even more. If the recreational anglers aren't catching their quotas, it's because they're not nets to catch their fish. The commercial people don't need to be catching any more than already allotted to them.

Charles Grana
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12/1/2016 11:57:21
Nicholas George Coullias
nickc6129@gmail.com
Crystal River,Florida 34423
Private Recreational Angler
Please do not shift recreational harvests from recreational to commercial. If the desired effect is increased harvest then increase recreational limits until the desired amount is harvested.
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12/1/2016 14:22:49Carlos Arencibia
captcarloskw@gmail.com
Key West Florida 33040Commercial FisherAmendment 29 yes any recreational King Mackerel quota not caught. Should be given to the commercial fishing quota.Also the daily limit in the southernzone hook and line should be raised to 3000 pounds.To ride 50 + miles for 1250 pounds , there is no money to be made.Well for me anyway.
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12/1/2016 15:49:41Carlos Arencibia
captcarloskw@gmail.com
Key West Florida 33040Commercial FisherAmendment 29 yes any recreational King Mackerel quota not caught. Should be given to the commercial fishing quota.Also the daily limit in the southernzone hook and line should be raised to 3000 pounds.To ride 50 + miles for 1250 pounds , there is no money to be made.Well for me anyway.
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12/1/2016 16:32:46John H. PinderPointwilly@aol.comWinter Park, FL. 32789
Private Recreational Angler
I do not agree with the reallocation of the recreational quota of king mackerel to commercial! What would be so bad about doing something (in this case nothing) to increase the stocks and have a healthier resource?

A more plentiful stock might also promote the recreational effort resulting in a higher multiplier of spending to help the economy.
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12/3/2016 11:18:32Jason Howard Askegard
jasonaskegard@yahoo.com
gulf breeze, fl 32563
Private Recreational Angler
I am against any shift in allocation of quota. Particularly with no research. The models that have been used for years now are severely flawed and allow too much for what I consider favoritism to commercial sector. So with that said I push for a proper modeling and assessment be put into place on a regional basis to give proper attention to where intervention and shifting of limits or quota is needed.

Best Regards,
Jason Askegard
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12/3/2016 13:01:34Anthony Bennettreeflife@hotmail.comLake Worth, FL 33460
Private Recreational Angler
Absolutely not! The reason this attempt was setup was so the stock would be able to thrive if anything the commercial fishing for King Mackerel should be reduced in the gulf and everywhere. The issue is apparently the Chines are fishing the Bahamas and soon will have effects on different loads through migration of the species. The waters off palm beach are full of Bonita as they were prior 2001. I could go out fishing in the nineties and catch our limit and actually release the extras this is not case now. I would be insulted on attack on the fishing angler for commercial gain. I don't see this fish hardly ever on the menu at any Restraunt. Don't be fooled!
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12/5/2016 19:31:20Scott Wiland
scottwiland@yahoo.com
Katy
Private Recreational Angler
Limiting? You should be raising the limit on King Mackerel and creating a year round Fed Red Snapper bag limit.
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12/14/2016 9:30:10
cap[ Tom Adams adams
4tomadams@gmail.com
port st joe
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Alt 1 is the only fair choice Or give 5% from the commercial sector to the rec sector
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1/9/2017 9:01:37Erin Henshawerin@fishska.comSarasota, FL 34234
Private Recreational Angler
Please don't place a limit on recreational king mackerel fishing. Thanks!
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1/9/2017 9:18:21Michael Scott
Team.bonehead.fishing@gmail.com
Cochran, GA
Private Recreational Angler
I vote against giving commercial fishermen the recreational limit. The council keeps taking from us the rights to fish. Most of us recreational guy get to fish on average 10 to 20 days a year. We are not putting a strain on the fishery. We want to preserve it. Every time I get to go fishing, the council is making it impossible to keep just a few fish to feed my family. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! IT NEEDS TO CHANGE!
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1/9/2017 9:42:57Travis Daniels
Travis.daniels@gulfstream.com
Savannah, Ga, 31312
Private Recreational Angler
I think allowing the commercial fishermen to have an increased number of king mackerel is crazy! Been fishing for 25+ years and never had anyone ask me how many kings I kept. The king mackerel fishery has taken a huge hit from commercial fisherman already. The fishery is already struggling bc of the commercial guys, allowing them to keep more is insane! If something isn't done soon about the health of the king mackerel fishery there won't be a fishery to even talk about in 10 yrs.
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1/9/2017 10:25:56Nancy DunbarNan1503@aol.com
Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034
Private Recreational Angler
We fish the SKA tournament trail. Fishing in the Gulf is always fun. Please do not take away the recreational percentages. Let the uncaught fish grow and reproduce. Thank you.
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1/9/2017 10:32:28Nancy DunbarNan1503@aol.com
Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034
Private Recreational Angler
We fish the SKA tournament trail. Fishing in the Gulf is always fun. Please do not take away the recreational percentages. Let the uncaught fish grow and reproduce. Thank you.
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1/11/2017 9:30:25Mark Ballard
Tarpontail@hotmail.com
Georgetown,SC,29440
Private Recreational Angler
Recreational quotas should not be transferred to the commercial sector. Recreational fishermen should not be penalized for sound long term conservation fish stock management. This buffer maintains a healthy fish stock that benefits the fishery, recreational fisherme, and the commercial sector.

Mark
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1/12/2017 22:43:56Douglas Higleydhigley@me.com
St. Petersburg, Florida, 33709
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
I think it's a poor idea to shift allocation from the recreation sector to the commercial sector. Millions of dollars a year a spent fishing not only in Florida but in all gulf state and federal waters and you are slowly chipping away at one of the great reasons we choose to live where we do.
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1/12/2017 23:14:21Mike Falveyfalveym@aol.com
Private Recreational Angler
Why does the Gulf Council think this is a good idea? Who in the Gulf Council is getting paid by commercial fisherman to vote to take away more fish from recreational fisherman and give it to the commercial? This is ridiculous! The commercial fisherman have already messed up enough for us private guys...example: Red Snapper! <<--9 days! what a joke!...and the grouper limits for us are not fair!
Please do not take any part of the allowable recreational catch for kings and give it to the commercial fisherman. Next thing you know they will deplete those as well and then the private guys have to pay for it by being forced to yet more limits on the kings! How about letting the recreational guys keep more than 2 per day since there is such an abundance! That would sure be nice since we spend so much on boats, equipment, gas etc...just to go out and have tight restrictions on everything worth catching!

Thank You,

Mike Falvey
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1/13/2017 7:04:15Joshua Colo'n jacolon12@gmail.com
Private Recreational Angler
Commercial fisherman are going to destroy the king mackerel population and ruin it for recreational anglers and tournament fisherman
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1/13/2017 7:35:25Chris trossetCtrosset@gmail.comKey west fl 33040
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
Regarding king mackerel I fish them both for charters and commercially. I would not like to see king mackerel close recreationally because the commercial side has caught the remainder of the quota that the recreational side normally has. This is a year round fish for my charters that I don't keep many of but is what a lot of my clients look foreword to catching. And keeping for pictures and after that the fish is usually taken to the smoker
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1/13/2017 7:55:53Ricky Cook
Cookrdc@tampabay.rr.com
Saint Petersburg FL
Private Recreational Angler
Please leave this as is for 2 reasons 1 Recreational Anglers are probably catching more of this quota than you think and 2 the fishery is just not strong enough to let the commercial guys take this limit. They will defineltly catch all that you allow them too.
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1/13/2017 7:56:52Phillip pesbuffet@verizon.netRuskin Fl. 33570
Private Recreational Angler
Please stop taking recreational fish away from us lowly anglers, we have such a small amount of fish compared to commercial now ,
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1/13/2017 8:10:45Captain Russ Shirleyruss@captruss.com33707-1227
Charter/Headboat For-Hire
Alternative 1 - Nothing else is near acceptable! Bring back our King Mackerel fishery and stop the decline.
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1/13/2017 8:12:19David Bayes
Dogfishdave1@gmail.com
seminole florida 33772
Private Recreational Angler
I own a tackle store in the Saint Petersburg area.Kingfishing in our area is a vital part of our business.We would not like to see our rec quota shifted to the commercial sector.This has never been done before and we see no reason to start.
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1/13/2017 8:15:46Chad Bixler
cbixler@tampabay.rr.com
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
Private Recreational Angler
Just leave the mackerel quota alone, do not give it to the commericals.
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1/13/2017 8:42:28Matt Clegg
Matt.b.clegg@gmail.com
Seminole, Florida,33772
Private Recreational Angler, Other
This is a terrible idea that would put extra stress on this fish. Absolutely terrible idea, if this passes you will lose the economic windfall from the many tournaments that are fished in the gulf.

Concerned Rec Angler,

Matt C
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1/13/2017 9:01:16Ian JonesIjones351@gmail.comLakeland, FL 33813
Private Recreational Angler
Do Not take Rec fish limits(quota) and transfer it to Com. Keep the uncaught Kings with the Rec limits.
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1/13/2017 20:01:07Chris trossetCtrosset@gmail.comKey west fl 33040
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
Regarding king mackerel I fish them both for charters and commercially. I would not like to see king mackerel close recreationally because the commercial side has caught the remainder of the quota that the recreational side normally has. This is a year round fish for my charters that I don't keep many of but is what a lot of my clients look foreword to catching. And keeping for pictures and after that the fish is usually taken to the smoker
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1/19/2017 10:45:13Daniel VoeltzDvoeltz@aol.comSt Pete Florida 33710
Private Recreational Angler
Don't give More kingfish to the commercial guys, they already get enough resources from the Gulf. Don't be crooked Gulf Council.
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1/19/2017 19:45:16Lance OijLoij76@yahoo.com
Clearwater, Florida 33759
Private Recreational Angler
Leave mackerel alone
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1/24/2017 9:51:33Bob Bryant
bob.bryant@subocorp.com
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire
My initial reaction is WHY!
WHY! would the council entertain moving any portion of a recreational quota to the commercial fishers, when the commercial fishers sue to make sure that unused Red Snapper allocation and future increases are not reallocated to the recreational sector....
WHY! would the recreational sector be asked to give up anything, haven't we already given enough!
WHY! if the recreational sector is under fishing, isn't that considered a good thing? We are constantly harangued about our overfishing, we are blamed and made to bear the greatest burden of your mismanagement of the fisher, yet in a fishery that is constantly overfished by the commercial sector, instead of the go to move being shorter season, modified bag limits and size limits, the go to move is "Hey let's steal some fish from the recs".

Just the fact that this is even a consideration shows the depths of corruption in the Gulf Council, it reveals the level to which the commercial sector is actually pulling the strings and only further drives home the FACT, that the council system is BROKEN and must be disbanded......

So on this and any future consideration of allocating anything away from the recreational sector, until you guys pull your heads out and do what is actually best for the fishery........my answer is a resounding NO!
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1/24/2017 21:25:11Jim McKayjdale_us@yahoo.comOrange, Tx. 77632
Private Recreational Angler
Please choose Alternative 1 and leave it like it is. When the commercials sue to keep,any of their unused quota from being reallocated to the Recs, you should not even ask to give our unused quota to the commercials.
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1/29/2017 22:59:34John Powell
fpowell321@hotmail.com
35446
Private Recreational Angler
Option 1, no changes to allocation. Recreational fishermen, the businesses we support, and local communities have suffered enough at the hands of this council, NOAA, NMFS, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Please do the right thing this time.
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2/8/2017 10:48:06Stephen C. Mullins
mullins_tx@sbcglobal.net
Katy
Private Recreational Angler
So the fishery numbers are in decline and you propose offering part of the uncaught portion of Rec anglers to Commercial. This makes no sense. STOP SCREWING REC ANGLERS PLEASE.
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2/8/2017 11:16:29Christopher WilkeCrwilke@att.net Seabrook, tx, 77586
Private Recreational Angler
If you are all worried about these fish reproducing and gaining population, why would you sell the uncaught quotas back to commercial fisherman. This is backwards thinking. Uncaught quotas need to be counted as a population increase.

Chris Wilke
EMT-Paramedic
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