Modifications to Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group Cobia Size and Possession Limits (Responses)
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6/7/2018 13:58:23Test Testtest@gulfcouncil.orgTampa, FL 33604OtherTEST
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8/24/2018 10:18:03Mark Odom
modom1970@icloud.com
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Private Recreational Angler
I have personally fished for cobra since 1987. I have definitely seen a decline in numbers. I used to run a cobra tournament out of Pascagoula and most fish were caught on the west side of the Mississippi River. Pretty consistent with current cobra tournaments. The only pictures of big fish usually come from that area. Some exceptions but not many. That being said, I feel the problem is the huge removal of oil rig structure as well as the shrimp boats catch shrimp openings and that is later in Mississippi than the migratory run. Regulations are needed and I think 40 inch minimum or whatever size a 40 lb fist would be is sufficient. You have proven regulations help the numbers but a sensible approach would be nice as well. Regulations should ease up to a degree once numbers rebound. Question- Have you factored in what NOAA has done to keep numbers up? Without them, numbers would be way down. Just a fact.
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9/7/2018 22:12:25Ed Walker
info@lighttacklecharters.com
Tarpon Springs, Fl 34691
Private Recreational Angler, Charter/Headboat For-Hire, Commercial Fisher
The unlimited recreational per vessel bag limit is far and away the biggest issue in cobia management. Currently it is legal for a charterboat out of La to keep 16 or more cobia on a multi-passenger day charter, or even a big recreational boat...and they do. Nobody needs to keep 16 cobia on a single boat. Any fishing parties day can be considered a success with 2 or 3 large cobia onboard. Anything more is simply excessive and wasteful. I do not believe a size limit increase is needed above the current 33 inch fork length. Since the current assessment does not indicate overfished or overfishing set the max boat limit at 3. If the science changes you have room to drop it to 2 per boat.
My opinion. Thank you for your consideration.
Ed Walker
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6/17/18Abby Webster
captainabbywebster@gmail.com
NGOOn behalf of The Charter Fishermen's Association {CFA), please accept these comments on the following issues to be discussed at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Gulf Council) meeting in Key West, FL this week.
The Charter Fishermen's Association strives to support actions that create sustainable fisheries, a healthy Gulf, and providing fair and equitable access to all.

CFA believes acting now on the Cobia fishery will aid in correcting an issue before it gets injured any further. CFA supports the following management alternatives;
Action 1, Alternative 2
Action 2, Alternative 3, Option 3a


A daily vessel limit would reduce fishing mortality on Cobia in The Gulf of Mexico when there are more than 2 anglers on a vessel.
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6/20/18Ben Faireybenfairey@gmail.comGreetings,
I am a retired charter captain and now a private recreational angler. During my charter days I guided to 5 cobia world records and I am the current Alabama state record holder for Cobia at 117. 7 lbs. That record has stood for 23 years. I have cobia fished for 47 years. I have seen over the past several years a dramatic decline in the annual spring cobia migration along the north central GOM. Being a avid cobia fisherman this decline has been alarming to say the least. I participated in the Gulf Coast Research Facility's cobia tagging program and had the pleasure of having Dr Jim Franks fish with me and satellite tag several cobia. I urge the council to engage the scientific community and exam the recent declines in the cobia fishery. I encourage the council to lower the daily bag limit and increase the size limit to allow the stock to rebuild. If the cobia annual migration was to return to abundance of past years both Charter and rec anglers would benefit.
Thank you,
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