RF Amend 36B - Commercial IFQ Program Modifications
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3/27/2017 13:33:43Test1 Test2Test1@Testing.comTest, FL 55555DealerThis is a comment form TEST only.
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4/6/2017 22:03:41Nathan Kingnmking09@aol.comNiceville, FL 32578
Private Recreational Angler, Taxpayer
I am writing to encourage the Fishery Management Council to model the catch shares program after other resource allocation programs within the government, particularly FCC license auctioning process.

I applaud the Gulf Council for its efforts in attempting to improve upon the IFQ program. I believe the current IFQ program creates monopolies and does not allow fair participation for smaller commercial entities.I believe the IFQ program can be much more beneficial to the government and create a level playing field among all commercial intrests by modeling the allocation effort after the FCC frequency auctions.

The FCC auctions are based on the premise that the public resources are the Government's to control and business entities merely lease the rights to these resources. To encourage fairness in allocating these resources to private entities the leases are auctioned off every few years. This ensures the tax payers receive fair market value for the resource and there is equal opportunity for everyone to participate in the market. The following link describes the FCC auction process and how bidders are vetted.

http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/default.htm?job=about_auctions&page=1

I believe the Council should implement a very similar auction process for allocating catch shares so the government taxpayers are adequately compensated for this resource and to promote transparency in the process. Additionally, I believe that entities representing the recreational sector should have the right to participate in these auctions to increase the recreational quota. This would further increase the likelihood that far market value for this resource is obtained.

Some would argue this proposal would drive the up prices of commercial fish to unsustainable heights but, as seen in FCC auctions, this has not been the case.

I appreciate the council taking the time to review this proposal and am eager to see how the IFQ program is amended to promote a fair value for this resource and fair inclusion of all commercial fishermen.

Thank you,
Nathan King
Niceville, FL
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4/16/2017 11:33:19Donald Scott Collinsdscollins62@aol.com
Port St. Joe Florida 32456
Private Recreational Angler
The current system that has created all these snapper Barons with large IFQ quotas has to be changed. People are selling of their quotas and making millions of dollars and don't even fish. The quota needs to be divided equally and the people with the quota need to be fishing not selling their shares.
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